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What are the differences between humidifiers, steam inhalers and vaporizers?

What are the differences between humidifiers, steam inhalers and vaporizers?

Humidity/vapor: A humidifier is basically a fan that draws moisture from a paper or metallic wick & adds it to air in the room. A vaporizer makes a mist. Old style vaporizers have a heating element that boils water making steam, these are unsafe. Modern products use tuning fork technology & make light or heavy mist (vaporizers also humidify)they are safe & helpful when your heater dries out the air you sleep in. ...Read more

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Inhaler (Definition)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is ...Read more


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Steam inhaler!is it safe to add anything to the water from a "steam inhaler."was thinking maybe salt, lemon, olive oil.What would be safe?Vicks/other?

Steam inhaler!is it safe to add anything to the water from a "steam inhaler."was thinking maybe salt, lemon, olive oil.What would be safe?Vicks/other?

Avoid that: Avoid trying to inhale household items you have found around the house. You do not need any of those things in your lungs. Vicks helps when applied to your chest or the bottom of your feet for congestion. If you are ill see your doctor. ...Read more

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My cousin knew that he have a lung cancer before 4 months he's having a difficulties in breathing while sleeping at night can the steam inhaler help??

My cousin knew that he have a lung cancer before 4 months he's having a difficulties in breathing while sleeping at night can the steam inhaler help??

Start: This may supply some degree of comfort. I hope your cousin is being seen and treated by a doc to have the best chance of recovering from this very serious illness. The sooner they seek help, the better. ...Read more

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How does an inhaler work?

How does an inhaler work?

Different types: Some inhalers are designed for "rescue". They directly effect the bronchioles to dilate. Others are cortisone types which are "controllers" . They minimize your lungs reactions to whatever triggers the attack. ...Read more

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Why isn't my inhaler working?

Why isn't my inhaler working?

No medicine: No medicine left in, or if new-broken pump. ...Read more

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Why do inhalers make you jumpy?

Why do inhalers make you jumpy?

Muscle stimulation: The inhalers that make you jumpy are bronchodilators. They contain beta agonists which stimulate muscle. When they stimulate the smooth muscle in the lung, the broncial tubes relax to let more air in and out. But they also stimulate skeletal muscle (muscle connecting bones) causing tremor and cardiac muscle in the heart causing a mild increase in blood pressure and pulse. ...Read more

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Can my inhaler stunt my growth?

Inhaler and growth: If you are 38 i'm afraid you are done growing. The inhaler won't make you shorter no matter what type of inhaler it is. If you are asking about children who use steroid inhalers for asthma, there is some data to show slightly less growth but if their asthma is not well controlled then they grow even less than the kids who are on steroid inhalers and way less then kids without asthma. ...Read more

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Why does my inhaler make me worse?

Why does my inhaler make me worse?

Multiple reasons: Some people have vocal cords and/or airways that are irritated by the fine crystals of the meds or propellants in the inhaler. Others may develop polyps or irritation of the vocal cords from the corticosteroids in certain inhalers. In others, increased airflow after using the inhaler can trigger coughing up mucus that was otherwise 'stuck' in the airways. Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more