• Humidifier?

    Asked by DanielD on Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Humidifier?

    Beginning to get dried, crusty in nose and getting very sensitive to heat of forced air.
    Would something like a cool mist humidifier help?

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Hello @DanielD,
      I'm an oncology nurse and sometimes using a very thin layer of neosporin or bacitracin can be useful here. Put a little on a cotton swab and gently smear a thin layer inside each nostril. Not only will this help to keep it moist but will kill any germs that you inhale if you are around someone who is coughing or sneezing...espexially after treatments when your counts are down. I hope this helps. Best of luck to you.

      about 1 month ago
    • DanielD's Avatar
      DanielD

      Thanks so much for fast response. Into 4th week of chemo/radiation and reactions to treatment are piling up left and right. Thought I might be a lucky one with with minimal reactions. But nooooooooooooooooooo! Floodgates opening up.

      about 1 month ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      You can also boil a lot of water on the stove to add humidity. It works and is cheap. Just don't forget the pot is on.

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I'm several years out of treatment but still have issues with getting dry, having thick mucous that chokes me. The humidifier helps, my Wife puts eucalyptus oil in it. It makes a difference for me the next day.

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I have several aromatherapy diffusers around the house. I have them going a lot of the time. They put a fine mist of unheated water into the air. If you wanted, you could add a few drops of an anti-microbial or decongestant oil in it, too, but just the moisture in the air helps me. (I love the smell of eucalyptus or peppermint and just a very few drops of either will help clear congestion for me.)

      Good luck! Are you nearly through with this round of treatments?

      about 1 month ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      I use a humidifier almost every night. that , and drinking a lot of water helps to keep you hydrated. I think that I have been drinking as much water this winter as I do in the summer!

      about 1 month ago
    • DanielD's Avatar
      DanielD

      Really good to hear you guys talk about this stuff, not just the humidifier topic but stuff generally...... from people on this side of the white coats.
      LiveWithCancer.. just into 4th week of 5 weeks. Then the lobectomy decision. Apparently chemo effects hang around for weeks after treatment stops.
      Here's a chemo story...
      I'm in chemo room, seated in chair, IV in place, handful of pills down the hatch, waiting, wondering. The tubes/bladders with the drug shows up from lab. Nurse gowns up, cap, gloves, mask, before touching the bladder and hanging it on the rack.
      I say, You guys are that concerned about infecting me with something that you're gowning up?
      Answer: No...... it's protocol so we don't come in contact with the stuff.
      Meanwhile the stuff is being mainlined directly into my vein for over an hour!
      Whoah!! Seriously? I thought of leeches and bleeding as cures centuries ago - a hundred years from now will they see chemo as 20th/21st century leeches?

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @DanielD, you are so right. It does seem kind of strange how protected they are when they are preparing to send that stuff into our veins!!! It definitely makes you sit up and think, "Whoa!! What am I doing?"

      Good luck! You have a wonderful attitude and I love to read your posts! You're winning this battle just by not letting cancer steal your sense of humor or irreverence!!

      about 1 month ago
    • Dianem's Avatar
      Dianem

      I have found aroma diffusers great for during the day ( with the added benefit that the fragrance lifts your mood) and at night I use vics vapor plugs to help me sleep. Sweet dreams!

      about 1 month ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      I had a bad nosebleed in August (not treatment related - very dry and very dirty air around here at the time). I got a humidifier shortly thereafter and have only had a few small ones since then (knock on wood) - and two of those were when I was staying in a hotel and didn't have a humidifier. BTW, I did find a travel humidifier.

      about 1 month ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      I also use Ayr Saline Nasal Gel at least twice a day.

      about 1 month ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar
      Paperpusher

      Thanks for the reminder. I keep water jars on the radiators I can get to but not the ones in hubby's room. I do have a cool mist humidifier for him since he ended up in the ER about this time last year with a bad nose bleed. Time to put this baby to work.

      about 1 month ago
    • cheryncp's Avatar
      cheryncp

      I use peppermint essential oil in a diffuser and it seems to keep my sinuses from getting too dried out. Also Vicks vapor oil in a humidifier seems to help.

      about 1 month ago

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