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What are the benefits of a humidifier vs. A vaporizer?

What are the benefits of a humidifier vs. A vaporizer?

Safety: Both provide humidified air to help soothe the airways. Doctors frequently recommend the cool mist humidifier because there is no fear of safety concerns. Vaporizers use heat to vaporize the air and produce very hot steam from the opening. A child could burn themselves in this way or by accidentally pulling on the cord or turning over the unit with risk of serious burns. Safety first always! ...Read more

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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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Is it better to use a humidifier or a vaporizer?

Depends on the need: In the south we have ac but no one has a furnace with built in humidifier like some places up north.During real cold snaps, a humidifier is a must, to counter the dry heat, often plunging humidity to 10% which produces headaches, coughs, nose bleeds, sore throats, etc.I recommend they be on if the heat is on.Vaporizers make a mist which helps wash the airway with droplets, this can really help coughs. ...Read more

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I have brown particles in my vaporizer/humidifier?

Contaminant: The water in the unit should always be clear and odorless, otherwise it should be considered contaminated. Clean the unit as directed in the User Manual and replace the water (distilled is best). If the problems persists, replacement of the unit should be considered. ...Read more

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What's the diff between using a vaporizer and a humidifier?

Generally the Temp: The vaporizer heats the moisture , humidifier does not.The clinical difference appears to be marginal. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a humidifier and a vaporizer?

Vaporizers use heat: Humidifiers are devices that increase water content of the air in a room. Vaporizers are humidifiers are humidifiers that do this by heating the water. Cool mist humidifiers give the same result without heating. They work just as well. Avoid vaporizers. If you knock one over in the dark you may burn you feet and your shins. ...Read more

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How many times a day can I use a Netty pot? Can my husband and I pass the cold back and forth? Which would be better a humidifier or vaporizer?

How many times a day can I use a Netty pot? Can my husband and I pass the cold back and forth? Which would be better a humidifier or vaporizer?

Netty pot: There is no limit to how many times you can use a netty. Pot. Colds can be passed back and forth. I usually recommend a humidifier, but some patients do better with a vaporizer. ...Read more

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Is there a way to humidify my bedroom if I don't have a humidifier / vaporizer?

Old trick can work: At an overseas location i used to rectangular cake tins full of water on the radiator covers to act as passive vaporizers. It helped some. The lower you keep the room temperature , the less water it takes to keep the humidity up. ...Read more

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Vaporizer (Definition)

A vaporizer or humidifier may help thin thick nasal secretions, helping to unblock nasal passages. If the water reservoir is not kept clean, it can grow mold, which can ...Read more