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What's the difference between a humidifier and a vaporizer? Which is better for a cold/cough?

What is the difference between a humidifier and a vaporizer? Which is the best to use when someone has a cough and is stuffy?

Thanks ladies!!

 
WifeyandMom71

Asked by WifeyandMom71 at 3:00 PM on Dec. 13, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • They add moisture to the air which will in turn moisten your skin (including nasal passages) and thin some of the mucous in your sinuses. This makes it easier for you to breathe and easier for the mucous to drain.
    MomMom23

    Answer by MomMom23 at 11:38 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • A humidifyer puts out wet air, a vaporizer outs out wet air with a smell in it (like Vicks).
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 3:01 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • I personally have never used either, but i once was given the idea to rup a generous amount of vicks vapor rub on my daughter's feet and then put on a pair of thick sock's, it really helped her alot at night..
    AudrisMom06

    Answer by AudrisMom06 at 3:08 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • You need a cool mist humidifier.
    MomMom23

    Answer by MomMom23 at 3:28 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • Thanks MomMom, what does it actually do though??
    WifeyandMom71

    Comment by WifeyandMom71 (original poster) at 3:31 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • Audris, yes it does work, i tried it too !!!
    WifeyandMom71

    Comment by WifeyandMom71 (original poster) at 3:32 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • I use a vaporizer w/ Vicks in it. Years ago everyone used canfor, but not anymore, don't think you can buy it now.
    bubs57

    Answer by bubs57 at 6:26 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • Opps forgot the rest. the vaporizer helps with a cough one time, then the next I can't tell a difference.
    bubs57

    Answer by bubs57 at 6:27 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

  • Humidifiers are normally attached to a heating unit to keep the air from drying out and a vaporizer is a stand alone unit that medicine can be added to moisturized the air in the room of someone with conjestion as from a cold.
    depressedmom65

    Answer by depressedmom65 at 6:51 PM on Dec. 13, 2010

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