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What are the medical differences between a warm mist humidifier and a cold mist humidifier?

What are the medical differences between a warm mist humidifier and a cold mist humidifier?

They are different: A warm mist humidifier is a device that heats water into steam and a cold mist vaporizer uses a device to spin and genrate tiny droplets of cool mist like a waterfall does. Both create mist but by different methods. There is debate as to which is a better device. Each has its pluses and minuses. ...Read more

Humidifier (Definition)

Increasing the humidity in your home helps eliminate the dry air that can irritate and inflame the passages in the nose and throat. Humidified air can relieve the discomfort of colds and the flu. Using a humidifier in the home can help relieve a stuffy nose and can help break up mucus so you ...Read more


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Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens? What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units

Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens?  What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units

Humidifier: Anything that moistens mucus membranes will be helpful. Humidifier is a great tool. Not much difference between cool mist or lukewarm mist humidifier, more so the matter of preference and comfort. I like lukewarm slightly better, though. ...Read more

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3 year old has a bad dry cough that we can't soothe we've tried humidifier steamy bathrooms warm drinks etc vomits when cough hard. Cold/fever for 3day ?

3 year old has a bad dry cough that we can't soothe we've tried humidifier steamy bathrooms warm drinks etc vomits when cough hard. Cold/fever for 3day
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Should see doctor: A cold with fever and cough so hard as to induce vomiting can be pertusis (whooping cough) or rsv, even if he didn't miss any scheduled vaccinations. So this one does warrent actual visit to his doctor. ...Read more

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Do you suggest warm or cold mist humidifiers for colds in the winter?

Humidifiers: As long as there are no young children in the house, especially toddlers, hot humifiers are fine. The reason is that they can suffer from burns. Either humidifiers do the job; each use depend on the temperature of the room you live in. ...Read more

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Which humidifier are better for babies cool or warm humidifiers?

Humidifier: Ideally a warm humidifer is better, but because of the risk of spilling a cool humidifier is recommended. ...Read more

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Is a cool mist or a warm mist humidifier recommended for children and why?

Is a cool mist or a warm mist humidifier recommended for children and why?

May Not Matter: There is an old study that demonstrated cool air/moisture penetrates deeper into the respiratory tree. But not by much. There may be very little practical difference. ...Read more

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Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

See below:: Throughout the 19th and most of the 20th century, cool mist administration was the mainstay of treatment for croup. Hospitals had "croup rooms" filled with cool mist. However, despite its continued widespread use, little evidence supports the clinical efficacy of cool mist. Randomized studies of children with moderate-to-severe croup revealed no difference in outcome for treated vs not. ...Read more

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What is the best type of humidifier for sinus problems, warm mist or cool mist?

What is the best type of humidifier for sinus problems, warm mist or cool mist?

See below:: For safety, use cool-mist humidifiers for children. Hot water or steam from a warm-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer can burn a child if he or she gets too close. Warm-mist and cool-mist humidifiers are equally effective in humidifying the air. Also, by the time the water vapor reaches your child's lower airways, it's the same temperature regardless of whether it started out warm or cool. ...Read more

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Which is better to use when u have brohncatis and asthma when sick a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist vaporizer it's for my daughters 9 and 11?

Which is better to use when u have brohncatis and asthma when sick a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist vaporizer it's for my daughters 9 and 11?

Asthma plan: Reducing post nasal drip with nasal saline rinses and a mild decongestant at bedtime may help alleviate their symptoms. If they have asthma, I would suggest reviewing their asthma plan. Some children will need an inhaled or by mouth steroid during an illness, to control inflammation. A virtual appt is also available online. ...Read more

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My daughter is 3 and gets a lot of bloody noses. Her dr said to try a humidifier. Which would be the best for her a cool or warm mist?

My daughter is 3 and gets a lot of bloody noses. Her dr said to try a humidifier. Which would be the best for her a cool or warm mist?

Cool for a 3 y/o: The mist from both is the same, but the dangers of hot water from a warm mist humidiifer is very real with a 3 year old. I have seen too many burns from warm/hot humidifiers where curious toddlers touch them or get too close and get burned. Also, you have to be very conscientious about cleaning warm ones daily as they are more prone to harbor molds and other germs in the warm mist. Go with cool! ...Read more