DO HUMIDITY LEVELS AFFECT YOUR ALLERGIES?
Humidity can have a large impact on those who suffer from different kinds of allergies.
Most allergies cause your nasal passages to swell and produce excess mucus as your allergen is breathed in. They may also cause irritation in the throat, watery eyes, dry or itchy skin as well as many other unpleasant symptoms.
Your actual allergies will not be badly affected by the level of the humidity in the air. However, the way your body prepares for allergy attacks and how it responds to them as they come can be adversely influenced by the concentration of humidity. Your nasal passage, sinuses, throat, skin and eyes will react poorly to allergens when they are already dry and irritable. If you can keep these parts of your body well moisturized and hydrated, you stand a better chance of being far less miserable during periods of allergy reaction.
HOW CAN A HUMIDIFIER HELP YOUR ALLERGIES?
Humidifiers, by their very nature, add moisture to the air to increase the relative humidity levels. This can be accomplished in several different ways, all of which have roughly the same end result. No matter what type of humidifier you get for your home, it can help you to be more comfortable and suffer less from your allergic reactions than you normally would have.
It’s important to note that if you don’t maintain your humidifier well or if you allow your home to get too moist in the wrong places you may increase the risk of bacterial growth or mold, both of which can add to your allergy problems and make them worse. Read the considerations at the end of this article for some tips on how to avoid these issues.
BENEFITS OF HUMIDIFIERS FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS
While you may only see a few true benefits of using a humidifier, they are excellent advantages that quite simply shouldn’t be ignored if you suffer from allergies!
Here are a few of the things you can expect if you choose to start using a humidifier in your own home during allergy seasons:
- Better breathing
Dry air makes it harder to breath well, especially as you sleep. You are more prone to coughing or sneezing if the air is dry since the lack of moisture can dry out your body. A humidifier will help to solve this issue and will make breathing easier and more comfortable for you, particularly during the night as you sleep.
- Less itching
Allergies can sometimes cause a feeling of itchiness all over your body and dry skin only makes this problem worse. By keeping your skin moisturized and healthy you will help to avoid discomfort caused by itchiness.
- Increased nasal and throat comfort
Sore, dry throats and a dry nose are common problems with low humidity levels. This will make you even more miserable if you also suffer from allergies. Humidifiers will increase the humidity and give you greater relief.
Some humidifiers are able to manage the humidity levels in your home more easily than others without adjustment. For instance, evaporative humidifiers will produce more humidity when the air is drier and less when it is more humid helping to maintain proper levels of humidity. Better regulation leads to fewer worries about mold or mildew as time goes on.
- Humidifier type
Each different type of humidifier works in a slightly different way. Choose the type which will best work for your requirements and the needs of your household to make you all comfortable against allergies.
- Anti-bacterial systems
Improper maintenance or poor humidifier choices can lead to bacterial growth in the water making things even worse if you breathe in that bacteria when you are breathing your humidified air. Many systems can combat this bacterial growth with ultra-violet lights or heat depending on the type.
So, humidity levels and allergies are linked but take the sensible precautions above and think about the many benefits from purchasing a humidifier.