Humidifiers can help you manage eczema. But which one is best? How do you know which to buy when there are so many to choose from? Here at AD RescueWear, we’ve done a bit of research. Here are some tips to help you decide which humidifier to buy to manage eczema.
Tip #1: For Maximum Humidity and Room Coverage, Choose an Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier.
A cool mist humidifier is recommended over warm mist for managing skin conditions like eczema. And ultrasonic means the humidifier uses high-frequency vibrations to generate a micro-fine mist which is output into your room for increased humidity and coverage of the room.
Tip #2: If You’re Looking for Budget-Friendly and Easy Maintenance, Choose a Filter-Less Humidifier with an Easy to Clean Basin and Tank.
Keeping a clean humidifier is so important to prevent exposing you or your family to mold and other bacteria. Bacteria can build up in a dirty humidifier or one that hasn’t had the recommended filter change. If maintenance is hard for you to remember, make certain to purchase a filter-less model or one with a permanent filter. A simple design for the tank and base are important too. Look for one without hard to clean nooks and cranny’s. The Honeywell Mistmate Ultrasonic Humidifier is a budget friendly, ultrasonic filter-free option to try.
One option with more features is The PowerPure 2000 by Aerus with a permanent ceramic filter that softens and cleans the water in the tank. It’s a relatively inexpensive but high-quality ultrasonic unit with a digital humidistat, quiet operation and a soft night light making it perfect for a child’s room. A humidistat feature will measure the humidity in the room and can be helpful to have especially if you or your child has asthma or allergies. Don’t forget that humidity over 50% can encourage mold spores and dust mites.
Tip # 3: For Less Bacteria Emissions Choose an Evaporative Type Humidifier or UV Cleanse Technology.
Evaporative humidifiers that blow cold air over a wick have been found to emit the least number of bacteria and have been around for decades. The amount of humidity will be less than ultrasonic and it will require regular filter changes. The Honeywell HEV320B Cool Moisture Humidifier is an example of this type of humidifier and can be found on Amazon along with other eczema management items such as eczema clothing.
Humidifiers with ultraviolet light cleanse technology kill 99% of bacteria in the water and tank. The Honeywell HCM-350 Cool mist humidifier provides up to 99.9% germ free humidification by combining evaporative wicking with ultraviolet light to kill bacteria.
A more expensive option but one that combines all of the above features including ultrasonic, ultraviolet cleanse technology and humidistat feature to measure temperature and humidity is the Dyson Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. It’s at the top end of price at $399.00 but has received good reviews and was originally designed for eczema and allergy sufferers.
Tip #4: Choose the Humidifier that Fits Your Budget and Lifestyle
In the end, your decision may come down to budget and how much maintenance the humidifier requires. A humidifier can have all the features you want but if you won’t keep it clean and maintained, it can become a problem harboring harmful bacteria. For our household, we chose to go the super simple route and purchased a couple of inexpensive filterless humidifiers with a simple to fill tank and clean design. Most humidifiers can be cleaned using a mix of vinegar and water. So, no matter which unit you choose, make sure it’s one you feel comfortable cleaning and maintaining and you’ll have a great tool to help manage your eczema this winter!