Do Humidifiers Help With Allergies?
Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 03/07/2017
When you have allergies, your home should be your haven away from the pollen floating around outside. When dry air is circulating through your home, you probably won't find the relief you're looking for.
Humidifiers and Allergies
Sinus infections are a major problem for those suffering from seasonal allergies. Dry air is often the cause of sinus infection symptoms, like irritated nasal passages and sinus headaches. Adding moisture to the air can relieve those symptoms.
When the air has more moisture from a humidifier, your nasal passages will be moistened. That means you'll have less irritation and inflammation, so your nose can do its job. The mucous membranes will be able to keep irritants out, helping you to breathe easy.
Saving Dry Skin
Allergies can affect your body in many ways. Dry skin is a common problem for allergy sufferers. Eczema and dermatitis will both flare up often in this weather, causing redness, dryness, and itching. Dry air can cause further irritation while adding a humidifier will temper skin sensitivity.
Preventing Winter Colds
A humidifier isn't just helpful when it comes to allergy symptoms. Adding moisture to the air can also help with reducing the effects of the cold and flu. Those suffering with coughing or congestion will notice relief when the air is less dry. This is especially helpful for those with children, as over the counter medications aren't recommended for children under the age of two. You'll notice less of an issue with runny noses, coughing, and sore throats.
Using and Cleaning Your Humidifier
There are some potential issues that could come from using a humidifier to keep allergies in check. Dust mites are more prevalent in moist air, which means they could become a problem for those using a humidifier. Keep an eye on the humidity level in your home, and keep it between 40-50% to prevent dust mites.
Mold can also become an issue. Mold will exacerbate allergy symptoms and can contribute to a whole new set of health problems. When mold forms inside the unit, it will be pushed into the air when using your humidifier. Be sure to clean the filter of your humidifier often to prevent the moisture from causing mold inside.
Eye irritation is another problematic symptom for those dealing with allergies. Contact Broome Optical for a check up, or to talk about how to relieve allergy symptoms.