The American Academy of Pediatrics as well as other medical organizations recommend the use of humidifiers and vaporizers for treating upper respiratory infections (IRF’s).
Many studies have found that humidified air can alleviate bronchial irritation and help breathing and aid in the recovery of an upper respiratory infection. It is a common practice to operate humidifiers in homes that would otherwise be too dry during the heating season. These appliances can provide the moisture needed for comfort and good health. However, vaporizers that are not maintained and cleaned properly can actually promote worsening of a respiratory infection. Therefore cleaning and maintaining your humidifier or vaporizer properly is vital.