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Can I use a humidifier for flu congestion?

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If the air in your house is dry, a  mist humidifier or vaporizer can moisten it to help ease congestion and coughs. Don't use a warm mist because it can promote the growth of bacteria and molds. Also make sure to keep the device clean to prevent mold development.

SOURCES: Mayo Clinic: "Flu Shot: Your best shot for avoiding influenza." CDC: "Good Health  Habits for Prevention."  CDC: "Key Facts About Antiviral Drugs and Influenza (Flu)." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Tips for Treating the Flu."  CDC: "What to do if you get the flu."  CDC: "Flu and Colds." National Jewish Medical & Research Center: "Getting Well When You Have a Cold or the Flu." American Lung Association: "Influenza Fact Sheet."  American Lung Association: "Treatment for Influenza." MedlinePlus: "Flu."  MedlinePlus: "Common Cold."










Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 02, 2019

SOURCES: Mayo Clinic: "Flu Shot: Your best shot for avoiding influenza." CDC: "Good Health  Habits for Prevention."  CDC: "Key Facts About Antiviral Drugs and Influenza (Flu)." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Tips for Treating the Flu."  CDC: "What to do if you get the flu."  CDC: "Flu and Colds." National Jewish Medical & Research Center: "Getting Well When You Have a Cold or the Flu." American Lung Association: "Influenza Fact Sheet."  American Lung Association: "Treatment for Influenza." MedlinePlus: "Flu."  MedlinePlus: "Common Cold."










Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 02, 2019

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