OT: humidifier

Since I have massive sinus/allergy problems I’ve been looking into getting a humidifier for my bedroom. I’m so confused on all the ones out there! Warm mist vs. cool mist? Filtered or no filter? There’s so many options! Does anyone have any suggestions on what they like best? I’m looking for something under $50. Thanks! :muah:

Definitely cool mist. Filters are great, but you have to remember to change them. I think you’ll be pleased if you get one. And you can get a good one for under $50.

Hmm, i was a frequent cold-getter in the 9-12 years, so i think i know a little something about this. The first thing you want to look for in a humidifier is how loud it is. this might be hard to test before you buy it, but its pretty important especially if you’ll be trying to get some sleep with the darned thing on. i don’t know if hot or cool mist is really that big of a deal, but i’ll probally just stick with the cool mist, especially if you have a fever. When you do choose your humidifier, it would probably be a good idea to put some eucalyptus oil in the water, i’ve found it to really help to clear up the synuses (if your nose isn’t completely stopped up). if you can find any, try holding some Vicks up to your nose–it has pretty much the same effect (but depending on how close you hold it, it might be much stronger!)

hope you feel better :hug:

We just bought a Reli On Cool Mist Ultra Sonic Humidifier at Walmart a couple months ago, it was right around $30. It is very quiet, and we love it. I had no trouble with it being too loud to sleep through the night.
Mariblue

thanks! I never thought about adding the eucalyptus oil to the water before. I use a Vicks Inhaler stick sometimes, but it doesn’t help for very long. I think I may try some of that Mucinex medicine. Lately neither allergy medicine or cold medicine has helped so I don’t know what’s going on. I know it’s not a sinus infections either. I’m just so sensitive! :teehee:

Dehydration of the sinus area and nose over a period of time can give the same symptoms as a sinus infection: the headache , stuffy nose, throbbing , congestion, etc. A humidifier works “superly” for this. also a saline nasal spray helps.
Hope you feel better soon.

My husband uses mucinex and loves it, unfortunatly we are in Canada so whenever friends, family or ourselves got “state side” we purchase about 10 boxes at a time. He has a chroinc problem with waking up with mucus, the doctor had him on a prescription med for it, but advised that it wouldn’t hurt him to use that brand because there was less side effects then the perscription.

While it sounds disgusting nasal irrigation is fabulous for cronic sinus suffers. I heard about it and tried it because of people on this board and it is amazing. It cleans all of the junk out of your sinuses. I had a sinus infection for several weeks and no antibiotics would take care of it but once I used the nasal irrigation kit my sinuses cleared right up. You can use it every morning (or several times a day) or just when you need it. I was able to get a kit at my local drug store.

Nasal Irrigation

thank you so much for that link about nasal irrigation! I had never heard about this before. I’m definitely going to look for a kit of some kind. I’m willing to try anything to make me feel better! Plus, the less medications it involves, the better!

My daughter has severe allergies, and all of the literature the allergist gave us told us to purchase a DEHUMIDIFIER. The dehumidifier removes the moisture from the air. This moisture is needed by dust mites to survive, so removing the moisture denies them of some of their “food.” The small versions have a bucket that you empty. Some have electronic controls so you can set the exact humidity level you want.

I purchased an electronic gauge to tell me the humidity level in her room. The ideal is, I think, 45%. It’s very hard to find a dehumidifier to pull it down this low.

Her allergies are much better since purchasing one of these and putting it in her bedroom.

You can buy units that will take care of the entire house as well.

While you have this thread going, I can share my experience of two nights ago. I have the humidified sort of near the bed on a little table, and somehow during the night I bumped a pillow off the bed and right over the little hole that spurts out the humidity.

When I woke up in the morning and saw what happened, the pillow was completely soaked and there was about a liter of water on the little table (which has edges that luckily kept the water off the wood floor!)

Duh, I should have known that I put the thing in a bad place. Glad I didn’t start a fire or anything (it is the cool kind, but I guess what I did could have caused a short or something).

I actually have an appointment at 11 this morning with an ENT. I currently have my third sinus infection in less than two months. I have been on Amoxicillian and Keflex so far. We’ll see what the specialist says.

On the humidfier-- my husband an I bought one for our bedroom and it really seemed to help. Filling the unit with water was kind of a pain in the butt. It was around $50 and I think had a 3 gallon tank.

We have since added a whole-home humidifer to our furnace so all the rooms are better. I don’t know what it costs to have this done, it was a birthday gift from my Dad a couple years ago.

Candice

I had to laugh when I read this, because we live in the desert. We would actually need a humidifier to get to 45%. In fact, we had a few days last week and the week before where it was 20 degrees and about 12% humidity. My nails were peeling, my nose was bleeding and I was about to itch my scalp right off my haid!

Anyway, whether you need to humid or dehumid, I guess depends on where you live! :slight_smile:

Mucinex is awesome - however, it only helps with mucous build up/congestion, not so much allergies. Avoid the “D” b/c it has sudafed in it.

HMMM - have you tried Zyrtec for allergies? It is by prescription only in the states and OTC in Canada.

Also for nasal irrigation all you need is some salt water and a blue bulb (the ones used for babies noses). I forget the exact formula for the salt water (it’s at home on the fridge) but I do that for cold and sinus infections all winter. I think it’s close to a cup of warm water to 1 tsp of salt and stir to dissolve, suck it up into the blue bulb and squirt it up your nose. I personally prefer to do this in the shower when I get up in the morning and before going to bed at night. It’s a lot like sucking a chlorine pool up your nose, but boy does it help when congested.

DH and I have been dealing with this lately. His solution is to put a big pot of water on the stove and let it simmer for a while. Humidity is supposed to make the air feel warmer (I think we’ve all noticed this in the summer time!), so an ostensible bonus of keeping the air moist is that you can set your thermostat a couple degrees lower. (I’ve seen this little tidbit described as a energy-saving tip, but am too lazy to try to confirm it – seems plausible, though.)

we had a few days last week and the week before where it was 20 degrees and about 12% humidity.

Do y’all have a problem with dust mites then?? Probably not as big, although you can’t get rid of them completely since they feed off of dead skin cells. :ick:

Also for nasal irrigation all you need is some salt water and a blue bulb (the ones used for babies noses). I forget the exact formula for the salt water (it’s at home on the fridge) but I do that for cold and sinus infections all winter. I think it’s close to a cup of warm water to 1 tsp of salt and stir to dissolve, suck it up into the blue bulb and squirt it up your nose. I personally prefer to do this in the shower when I get up in the morning and before going to bed at night. It’s a lot like sucking a chlorine pool up your nose, but boy does it help when congested.

First off, y’all might call me strange, but I’ve done ALOT of reading on homeopathic stuff). I’ve actually done the routine below as well.

Your sinuses are there to purge your body of toxins…icky stuff. When your nose runs, eyes water, etc., it’s your body’s way of trying to get rid of the icky stuff.

So, it’s important to regular keep these passageways clean. Hence the saltwater solution.

An easy way to do this is just put warm water in your sink (put in the stopper first ;)) and add salt. Let the salt dissolve and stick your face in.

First, submerge your whole face. While underwater (hold your breath), open and close your eyes a few times. This allows your eyes to be cleaned.

Raise your head, take a breath, and then put your face back in. Keep your eyes CLOSED this time and inhale a small amount through your nose to pull the water in. Then blow out of your nose, while it’s under water. Then remove your face from the water.

That’s it. Do this in the morning and at night. It’s quite nice, once you get used to it.

I’ve tried Zyrtec for allergies a few years ago. It worked fairly well then. But I was laid off in October so I no longer have health insurance. That means no more name brand prescriptions… it’s way too expensive! I don’t think allergies are the main cause of my sinus issues however. Especially since I can tell the dry air makes my sinuses much more dryed out and stuffy feeling.

My husband tested the humidity in our living room before… it was 14% relative humidity! I’m not sure about the bedroom, but I’m pretty sure it will be around the same. I’d LOVE to get an in duct humidifier, but we can’t afford that right now. I believe they cost around $300 installed.

First, submerge your whole face. While underwater (hold your breath), open and close your eyes a few times. This allows your eyes to be cleaned.

Raise your head, take a breath, and then put your face back in. Keep your eyes CLOSED this time and inhale a small amount through your nose to pull the water in. Then blow out of your nose, while it’s under water. Then remove your face from the water.

This would be so hard for me! The idea of opening my eyes under water gives me the heeby jeebies! and I have a hard time squirting nose spray up my nose! haha

I wear contacts, so I’d have to take them off first, but submerging the face sounds really interesting. :smiley:

The idea of opening my eyes under water gives me the heeby jeebies!

It’s really no different than opening them in the pool. Just blink a few times. You’ll get to where you get comfortable keeping them open for a few seconds. You’ll also notice how gross the bottom of your sink is. :teehee: