Here we are going to look at the relationship between humidifiers and asthma. Firstly we will start by defining the keywords.
Humidifier: Is a device that is used to increase the humidity (amount of water vapor in the air) of the air.
Asthma: A long-term respiratory condition in which the airways may unexpectedly and suddenly narrow often in response to an allergen, cold air, exercise or emotional stress. Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. Getting the best humidifier running in your home can help ease asthma symptoms.
Increased humidity may ease breathing in children and adults who have asthma. But it is important to take note that an over humidified environment could result in other effects for an asthmatic patient. Although asthma is a situation that should be treated with doctor prescribed drugs, humidifier can help keep asthma can its effect in check. Asthma as we know is caused by the constricting of the airways. Humidifier produced moist air at the precise and desired level/amount and this is a sure way to keep the airway open and free and as such reduces the chances of one having an asthmatic attack. Nasal spray and drugs can provide free and open airways like the humidifier but these nasal spray and drugs have side effects which are not good for the human body. But a humidifier provides an open airway without side effects that are dangerous to health. Asthma requires a precise temperature for it to be kept in check and some of the humidifier that help produce such humidity or temperature include :
- Steam vaporizer
- Warm mist vaporizer
- Cool mist vaporizer.
- Steam vaporizer: This type of vaporizer heats the water till it boils that is if the asthmatic individual requires a warm atmosphere. This type of vaporizer should be maintained and kept clean at all times.
- Warm mist vaporizer: This vaporizer heats and cools to the point that its output is slightly heavier and not as hot which is why it is called a warm mist vaporizer.
- Cool mist vaporizer: This type of vaporizer is usually small, it has a coo effect and as such uses less energy for it to function.
Although a lot has been said about how a humidifier can help in d control of asthma attack, it is also important to know that if they are not properly maintained, they could become breeding grounds for allergens. Some ways of maintaining our humidifiers include:
- Use pure water: It is important to know that the water put into a humidifier should always be distilled or filtered to avoid bacteria breeding.
- Keep it clean: A humidifier should be kept clean and hygienic. When not in use, clean and dry it if possible.
- Don’t overdo it: A humidifier should not be used to the extent that the room becomes over humidifier like a tropical rain forest as this is harmful to the user.