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One of the greatest tools for combating nasal and sinus congestion is moisture. When you have allergies, a cough, cold, or another respiratory ailment, almost nothing feels better than the mist of a steam vaporizer. Vaporizers turn water into steam, then propel the warm steam into the air. The steam helps loosen any mucus in your sinuses, throat, or chest. When using a warm steam vaporizer in the home, keep the following precautions in mind:
If you're a parent, you may have had to use a manual aspirator to clear up your child's stuffy nose in the past. If you've ever had to use one to relieve a baby's nasal congestion, you're probably aware of the challenge that the manual devices present. To make things easier, try the Nasal Clear battery-operated nasal aspirator. While it's more expensive than manual aspirators, it has many worthwhile advantages:
If your child has asthma or another respiratory condition, using a reliable and safe tool to reduce congestion is extremely important. Contact your healthcare provider or call us for more information.
Fingertip oximeters are small, affordable, and great for personal use. If you need to monitor your blood oxygen saturation level due to asthma, COPD, or another respiratory or cardiac condition, here is some helpful information:
A pulse oximeter is a simple medical device that helps measure blood oxygen and heart rate levels. This non-invasive tool is ideal for people with cardiac or respiratory conditions, such as asthma, sleep apnea, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Pulse oximeters are used extensively in hospitals and other healthcare settings, and can also be used while at home or on-the-go. If your doctor has recommended that you monitor your vitals daily with an oximeter, here are a few things you should consider when choosing one for the first time.
As with purchasing any other product, be sure to read customer reviews before choosing an oximeter. Do your research, and ask your doctor for recommendations.
When the air around you lacks moisture, your nasal passages can become dry, causing nasal congestion, nosebleeds, itchy skin, or static. This can be especially problematic during the colder months, as central heating systems tend to dry out the air. Putting moisture back into the air is an effective way to eliminate these problems.
The best way to tell if you have dry air is to use a moisture-sensing meter in your home. Your humidity levels should be between 40 and 50 percent (or more if you have a respiratory ailment–your healthcare provider can tell you what your optimum humidity level is). Adding moisture to the air is as simple as using a humidifier or vaporizer. These two devices work differently, so it's important to know how they work in order to determine which one is right for you.
First of all, humidifiers release cool vapor into the air, while vaporizers release warm vapor (steam) into the air. Humidifiers use a wicking filter to extract cold water from the built-in basin, then a fan blows air through that filter and out into the room. Vaporizers heat up the water to create steam, which rises into the air.
One of the advantages to a humidifier is that, since the water isn't boiled, there's no danger of the user (or children) being burned. On the other hand, with a vaporizer, you don't have to worry about adding bacteria or mold from tap water minerals into the air, as they're boiled out. Whichever type you choose, it's important to keep them very clean to ensure effectiveness and safety.
Peak flow meters are often recommended for people with asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions. A peak flow meter is generally used to monitor the effectiveness of a patient's breathing treatment. How does this work?
A peak flow meter is a small device with a mouthpiece and a numbered scale. The patient blows into the scale and the forced air causes a marker along the numbered scale to move. This gives both the individual and his or her healthcare provider insight into severity of symptoms and whether or not the current treatment plan is effective. For example, if the individual's ability to blow air into the meter is shown to improve, then his or her healthcare provider may be able to lower the amount of medication needed. On the other hand, if the patient's breathing appears to be worsening, the healthcare provider can make changes to the treatment plan or develop a new one.
There are two ranges of meters. The first is low-range and is used for small children, and the second, the standard range, is to be used by teens and adults. Peak flow meters are affordable, starting at around $10.
If you've ever experienced congestion due to a cold, sinus infection, flu, or allergies, you've probably also felt the relief that a hot shower or bath can bring. That's because steam is a great natural tool for clearing up nasal and sinus congestion. If you prefer to treat cold or allergy symptoms naturally, a MABIS personal steam inhaler provides great relief without the use of medication.
Personal steam inhalers deliver a steady stream of vapor to the airways for the duration of each 6- to 9-minute treatment. The hot, damp vapor works to break up mucus, helping you breathe more easily. Some users notice immediate improvement in their breathing. This device can be used to treat allergies, bronchitis, colds, flu, sinusitis, rhinitis, laryngitis, and other respiratory problems.
Aface mask attachment is available for added comfort (and because it delivers steam to the entire face, this accessory has the added benefit of improving your complexion).
Pulse oximeters measure the blood's oxygen saturation. They are used for patients who have COPD, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. Oximeters are also used by pilots to warn against hypoxia (oxygen deprivation).
A good small oximeter can assess blood oxygen levels and take accurate pulse readings in a variety of settings. Oximeters can be used in the home, hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, and medical clinics.
There are differences in portable oximeters designed for use in healthcare settings. Here are a few:
To find out more about pulse oximeters, ask the experts at Just Nebulizers or talk to your healthcare provider.