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I have mild COPD and have had occasional bronchial attacks. I got a humidifier for Christmas, and I’m wondering of anyone else has used one to ease lung conditions and how effective it was. thanks.
@silverkat You have a mild form of COPD and you are looking to connect with members that have utilized a humidifier for their lung symptoms.
You will notice that I changed the title of your discussion/question. I did this so it would be easier for members like @merpreb @mrbill @waterboy @windwalker @fighter to connect and answer your question.
Below are a few resources that @johnbishop gathered for you to help answer your question.
– Lung Health Institute – Humidifiers for COPD During Winter: Keeping the Air at Home Clean: https://lunginstitute.com/blog/copd-humidifiers-winter-keeping-air-home-clean/
– COPD and Humidity: Tips to Help you Prepare: https://www.webmd.com/lung/copd-humidity
– Cleveland Clinic – How You Can Tell If You Need a Humidifier – Humidifiers improve breathing, reduce lung problems: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-you-can-tell-if-you-need-a-humidifier/
May I ask if you live in a dry climate or if it is dry where you are in the winter?
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We just got two new ultrasonic ones (for the great room and bedroom) and your articles are very helpful. Thank you!
This is great information, thanks. I'll be ordering a humidifier today to help deal with my newly diagnosed lung problem. Consumer Reports has an excellent report on humidifiers and how to chose the right one based on room size, type, maintenance needs, ease of operation, cost, etc. Reading it was really helpful to me to figure out what to buy from the myriad of options available. http://www.consumerreports.org.
Virginia. I think it would be considered dry for the most part. thanks
@silverkat– Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I have mild COPD too. Did you pick out the humidifier yourself after researching them for COPD?
If you are going to use a humidifier I would ask your pulmonologist how much humidity you need, if indeed you do. I prefer air to be on the drier side, closer to 56%-60%. Breathing in humid air activates nerves in your lungs that narrow and tighten your airways. Humidity also makes the air stagnant enough to trap pollutants and allergens like pollen, dust, mold, dust mites, and smoke. If you also have asthma it can be a trigger. If you occasionally get bronchial spasms I would think that drier air would be better for you.
Why do you think that you need a humidifier? Has your breathing declined recently?
@nla4625– Hi. Have you checked in with your pulmonologist to see if a humidifier is a good idea for you?
No, i don't have one. But thanks for the info.
@silverkat– Why do you think that a humidifier will help your breathing?
This is a good thought, thanks — I didn't. According to a breathing test I took, my lungs are operating normally, despite my paralyzed diaphragm. It's kind of perplexing, frankly; but I think other organs floating up into my chest cavity due to the fact my paralyzed diaphragm is floating and not holding them back is reducing my lung capacity, leading to shortness of breath. That's the conclusion I've reached, which could be totally wrong. My skin is pretty dry, so a humidifier well help that, if not my lungs. Additionally, I've noticed I really breath well before I fall asleep with my CPAP machine, which gives off water vapor. I think I'm going to ask for a video conference with a pulmonologist at Mayo for a second opinion on my condition. I don't know if you can recommend specific doctors on MayoConnect; but if you or others can, I would really appreciate getting a suggestion for a pulmonologist at Mayo. They have decades of my medical records so are quite familiar with my body. Thanks for the countless hours you put in helping people on MayoConnect! Best wishes for a happy healthy new year. Nancy
This note was for @merpreb – is there a way to edit a post once it's been made? Thanks. Nancy nla4625
@nla4625, you can edit your post within 30 minutes of posting. I'm tagging @merpreb to make sure she sees it. But as you pointed out, she follows all the messages closely, helping so many. I'm confident that she has read it.
ooppss- My apologies. I simply forgot. By the way, Happy New Year!
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