Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday: Humidifiers

You know the old saying a moms always right? Well, my mom has been telling me for years to get a humidifier for years and I never listened. Well I finally bought one this year and she was absolutely right. I bought this one from Walmart and love it. I only have to fill is every 3 nights and you set the desired humidity level and once it reaches that level it stabilizes. It also has an automatic cleaner so you don’t need to worry about mold.

According to Live Strong the benefits of using a humidifier are:

  • Remedying Dry Skin in the Winter
  • Humidifiers treat dry skin and chapped lips during winter months. The indoor humidity levels of furnace-heated air can drop to 10 percent or less, notes Mount Sinai School of Medicine dermatology professor Hillard H. Pearlstein, M.D. on MotherNature.com. Humidifiers add much-needed moisture to the air and to skin. Use several small units near beds in the house and keep doors closed in rooms where a humidifier is in use.

    Soothing Dry Skin Conditions

    Just as humidifiers treat dry winter skin, it soothes skin dryness and itchiness. Low humidity levels exacerbate symptoms of eczema, notes the American Academy of Dermatology on its EczemaNet website. Psoriasis, thyroid disorders, topical medications for acne, and cosmetic products can also cause dry skin that can be eased with a humidifier.

    Treating Cold, Flu & Allergy Symptoms

    Humidifiers soothe dryness, irritation or itchiness in the nose, nasal passages, sinuses, mouth, throat and eyes. They help prevent nose bleeds in those prone to them when their nose is dried out, notes MayoClinic.com. Hence, humidifiers benefit people with a cold, flu or allergies.

    They even serve as a preventative measure, limiting or eliminating viruses and bacteria that thrive in dry air, explains the Aerias Indoor Air Quality Resource Center. However, over use of humidifiers can lead to growth of pathogens and allergens.

    Easing Asthma

    Children and adults with asthma often find humidifiers help their breathing, especially when the condition is compounded by a respiratory infection, says MayoClinic.com. Those with asthma should check with their doctor before using a humidifier, though. Humidifiers must be kept clean to keep the air free of asthma irritants. Humidity levels kept too high can also make things worse, prompting the growth of mold or mildew.

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