Message Number: YG141 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Mike Janke
Date: 2001-02-25 06:23:00 UTC
Subject: Re: LOOK!!!...i have a question!!!!

--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., kat parsons <ferretlover96@y...>

> what is the difference / IS there a difference between
> a humidifier and a vaporizer?...[other than the obvious
> of being able to add medication to the vaporizer]...

Here are some comments from a human doctor on vaporizers vs.
humidifiers in regards to using them for human babies. I hope this
helps in your decision. One comment I'd like to make is that not all
vaporizers heat/boil the water to make vapor.


"A vaporizer is better and cleaner than a humidifier. Warm-mist
vaporizers provide a clean steam that is naturally sterilized by the
heating of the water. Warm-mist vaporizers are also better in the
winter months, since they provide a heat source for a tiny bedroom
and counteract the drying effects of central heating. Humidifiers, on
the other hand, do not raise the humidity in the room or provide the
steam to the high intensity that a vaporizer does. Also, humidifiers
often harbor mold and germs, since the water is not boiled like in a
vaporizer. Some new and expensive ultrasonic humidifiers do provide a
cleaner and finer mist than vaporizers and studies have shown that
this mist is better for lower airway problems, such as bronchitis;
whereas a vaporizer is mainly for stuffy noses and sinuses."