Are HUMIDIFIERS good for anything?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-12-2003
Are HUMIDIFIERS good for anything?
Tue, 02-24-2004 - 10:55am

I don't know what I have wrong with me. I don't have health insurance right now so I cannot afford to go to the doctor. My symptoms are severe nasal congestion and headaches so I think it might be allergies but could it be a sinus infection as well?

I bought a humidifier a few days ago (Vicks) and I put the vapor drops in it but so far no results in improving my condition. Have I done the right thing by buying it? I just assumed that perhaps by putting more moisture into the air my breathing will improve.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-23-2004
Tue, 02-24-2004 - 11:17am
You could have sinus problems...It is that season. I sometimes suffer from them, but not as bad as I did in high school. I was introduced to an herbal mixture of fenugreek and thyme. It opened me right up. It comes in capsule form and you can take as much (not too much)as you need throuhout the day. If you have a healthfood store near you, I would definitely inquire about it. You can use for congestion in general. It dosen't just have to be for sinuses. I hoped that was informative for you.


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Registered: 02-26-1998
Fri, 02-27-2004 - 7:55pm
Personally I find a humidifier helps me, I have allergies and I have a humidifier in my bedroom I find I get a better night sleep espaically on dry days. I live in Sounthern California which gets very dry. I don't think its a miricle cure or anything I still have allergies and congestion most days, so I would say the difference isn't a big thing. If I were you I would try using it for about a week or 2 then try it without it again and see if there is a difference.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 02-28-2004 - 11:38am
Hi. I think they help a great deal. I haven't had a cold this winter.


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-09-2003
Mon, 03-01-2004 - 5:59pm
A humidifier is a must in our home! I've got awful allergies/sinuses, which medication only helps with slightly. That, combined with the dry winter air, makes it very difficult for me to breathe at night.

As for your symptoms, sinus infections have a few typical symptoms: pain/pressure in the sinus area that worsens when bending over, an abnormal color of mucus (yellowish or greenish could indicate a problem), symptoms last for several days, and you don't feel relief with an OTC sinus medication.

If you don't have any of these symptoms, it could just be typical allergy/sinus problems. Have you ever tried Nasalcrom? It's an OTC nasal spray that my Mom just swears by for opening up her sinuses!

Keep us posted, and hope you feel better soon!