Can A Humidifier Help With Congestion?
The temptation to inject some mist into your indoor air will be high when you feel congested in the chest at night.
The general sentiment is that turning on the humidifier can help keep you comfortable until the following day when you can go to see a doctor.
So, do humidifiers help with chest congestion? There is no scientific proof that warm or cool mist therapy works all the time to decongest the chest. However, we could say that running a humidifier when you are congested MAY help to clear the mucus a bit to keep you comfortable enough until you are able to visit your doctor.
In another article, we looked at how a humidifier can help with a cough. Generally, we are not trying to give medical advice here at all.
Running a humidifier when the air is too dry can make your indoor living space healthier and more comfortable.
How humidifiers help with chest congestion
No one can promise you that when you feel congested in the chest and turn on the humidifier you will find reprieve.
So should you switch it on or off? Well, you should switch your humidifier on. That way, you make the air more breathable.
After all, being congested in the chest could also mean that your airways are inflamed. Therefore, dry air can make things a tad too tough for you.
1. Humidifier can help with chest congestion in the winter
Most of chest congestion cases happen during winter. Therefore, a humidifier can help.
What happens when the winter sets in is that we turn on the heat. This has some effect on the air. The heat dries the air out, but makes it warm. This is the reason why humidifiers are used mostly in the winter when the air is dry.
Therefore, if you get congestion in the chest during winter, a humidifier will definitely help. Even before you get congested, when winter sets in, just switch on the humidifier and increase the humidity a bit if you know you get congested.
2. A humidifier can make you more comfortable
It will not heal you, but it will make you more comfortable, at least until you get to see a doctor. Try a warm mist humidifier to be specific.
While the CDC has not endorsed steam therapy for congestion, this therapy has been used for thousands of years in different medicine systems to relieve congestion.
Therefore, getting some warm steam down your ways is going to dislodge any stuck mucus. It can help.
When the mucus is dislodged, you will be able to cough it out easily. Crank it up and pump some mist into your indoor air. However, please note that this might not work for all people, so don’t be too surprised if it does not help you.
3. You can add a drop or two of essential oil
By design, humidifiers are not capable of diffusing essential oils. However, a drop or two of rosemary, peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils can really help.
Other essential oils that may help with enhancing respiratory health include frankincense, oregano, cinnamon and thyme.
You can refer to our earlier article on whether you can use essential oils in a humidifier and you will see that it is quite possible to use minimal amounts.
Essential oils have been used for millennia to decongest. This means they can be effective.
To conclude this matter, we can agree that humidifiers do indeed help with congestion. However, here are a few vital things to note:
- Mist therapy might not work for everyone
- This does not mean you should not see a doctor if the congestion persists
- Even if it does not help, mist makes the air more breathable
- Too much mist is not good. Therefore switch on the dehumidifier in summer if you have to