7 doctors weighed in:
Are dehumidifiers considered effective in helping asthma and eczema sufferers?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robin Larabee
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
May be helpful depending upon your climate.
Eczema improves w a more moist environment. Asthma after worsens as moisture may breed mold which can irritate asthma. Appropriate medications are much more effective in general.

In brief: Depends
May be helpful depending upon your climate.
Eczema improves w a more moist environment. Asthma after worsens as moisture may breed mold which can irritate asthma. Appropriate medications are much more effective in general.
Dr. Robin Larabee
Dr. Robin Larabee
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Dr. Katherine Brown
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Humidifiers
Dry air often worsens eczema & asthma.
As such, many patients find humidifiers (not de-humidifiers) to be helpful if they live with dry air. That being said, a too moist environment is not good since mold like to grow in overly damp areas. If you use a humidifier, make sure to clean the water reservoir in it regularly to prevent growth of mold in it.

In brief: Humidifiers
Dry air often worsens eczema & asthma.
As such, many patients find humidifiers (not de-humidifiers) to be helpful if they live with dry air. That being said, a too moist environment is not good since mold like to grow in overly damp areas. If you use a humidifier, make sure to clean the water reservoir in it regularly to prevent growth of mold in it.
Dr. Katherine Brown
Dr. Katherine Brown
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Great for asthma
Dehumidifier - yes! humidifier - no.
Dry air in your home reduces populations of house dust mites, a major allergic trigger of asthma & eczema. Skin moisturizing is accomplished by bathing in warm water followed by applying creams & ointments (not lotions) to trap water in skin. Humidifiers increase dust mite and mold populations. They are only useful for brief periods for the treatment of croup.

In brief: Great for asthma
Dehumidifier - yes! humidifier - no.
Dry air in your home reduces populations of house dust mites, a major allergic trigger of asthma & eczema. Skin moisturizing is accomplished by bathing in warm water followed by applying creams & ointments (not lotions) to trap water in skin. Humidifiers increase dust mite and mold populations. They are only useful for brief periods for the treatment of croup.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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