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What Does Vicks Vaporizer Do
Avoid aromas: I am fine with a misting vaporizer for any kid with congestion. However, I consider Vicks as air pollution and likely to produce more airway irritation in infants. I seldom recommend this product, and limit it to kids over 6 years if I do. Your better therapy at 1 monts is bountiful use of nasal saline drops and nasal suction. ...Read more
The use of humidifiers/vaporizers is very helpful for both adults and children and not just for colds! Air conditioning/heating takes the moisture out of the air in our home. Sleeping with vaporizer can help reduce dry mouth, nasal congestion and can help your facial skin rejuvenate as it's most active at night. Don't let water just sit around in it to avoid mildew growth.
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I am not sure: What I found online is that herb vaporizers are for smoking or inhaling marijuana through a vaporizer. Vaporizers in general are steam based machines that provide vaporized hot water in tho the air with or without aromatherapy oils to improve congestion and coughing. Seems herb vaporizers are for illegal use of marijuana and maybe other herbs.... ...Read more
It is not working to: Treat/ help/ prevent what? Please clarify and re-ask. ...Read more
Never heard of this product so I did some internet searching. Apparently this product has risks and I found an article from the 1980s that reviewed it's role in the death of a child. I recommend just plain water based vaporizer with no additives. The cool mist helps reduce nasal congestion and aides in liquefying nasal snot.
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Either: All vaporizers put moisture into the air and that can be comforting when the air is dry. Air can be naturally dry due to the climate or weather or dried by indoor heat or air conditioning. Pediatricians generally prefer cool mist humidifiers for safety reasons-- children can get burned on steam vaporizers. Also additives for steam vaporizers have never been tested for safety or effectiveness. ...Read more
Vaporizer: It moisturises the respiratory tree making secretion easier to be expectorated. ...Read more
Do you mean: Herbal ingredients for a vaporizer? Aromatherapy oils can be very helpful. Eucalyptus or thyme are helpful. Doterra makes one called onguard which is very nice and helps with infections. Thieves oil by young living is also amazing. Hope this answers the question you are asking. ...Read more
Wish I could: But we have little data. Up until now, e-cigarettes have not been regulated by the food and drug administration (regulations have been proposed but not approved). While it is likely that inhaling vaporized nicotine is less harmful than smoking combusted tobacco products, we do not know what the propylene glycol, other ingredients (flavorings, additives, preservatives) are, let alone what they do. ...Read more
Same as cigarettes: It is the smoking not the way you smoke. Don't smoke. ...Read more
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
Depends: These agents can either help, or act as an irritant and trigger swelling and drainage. Your response could go either way. I never use any such materials for pre-school kids, their airways are not as tolerant to the irritating effect as adults. ...Read more
I never recommend it: Any pungent odor or fume can cause increasing congestion in an infant. I equate Vicks to cigarette smoke in young infants. It has little if any value at any age and never before age 3-6yrs. This is a throwback to the sweat lodges of the indians and should be abandoned along with leaches. ...Read more
Only if dirty: Vaporizers can breed bacteria and viruses fairly easily if you don't take the time to clean them daily. If that happens, then aerosolizing them in the steam and breathing it in could be a starting ground for pneumonia or bronchitis. As long as you keep the unit clean, you will be fine. ...Read more
For what purpose?: The propellants that are used in e-cigarettes are mainly propylene glycol, which is an oil, whose safety when inhaled has not, to my knowledge, been demonstrated in any studies. Even more so with canola oil. People who are willing to smoke, inhale, snort or inject virtually anything are people with significant underlying psychological and/or psychiatric issues, and you need to get help asap. ...Read more
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
Not from me: I have not decided yet that using e-cigs is really a "harm reduction" method I should embrace, and help my patients choose ones that have been proven to best do that. However, the companies have not published studies of any of their products, and can't be required to, per the supreme court. A product that allows you to dial back the nicotine to reduce use, or those without nicotine might be best. ...Read more
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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