HUMIDIFIERS VS. CONGESTION
Many pediatricians and other doctors have been recommending humidifiers recently as a way to combat winter cold and flu symptoms.
Stuffy noses, sore throats, and congestion can all see improvement with the installation and use of a humidifier.
Congestion in particular can be made significantly worse by dry air making it much more comfortable for you to use a humidifier if you are suffering from congestion from any source. It’s important to remember that even though you may feel a bit better you are still only treating the symptoms of the problem not the root problem itself.
WHAT IS CONGESTION?
Congestion simply refers to an excess of mucus and snot built up in your nasal passages and sinuses. Sometimes this is due to allergies or sickness. Other times it can be a direct result of dried-out and irritated sinuses.
When you are congested you will not usually experience a runny nose because your nasal passages tend to feel full and blocked up rather than loose. It can make people feel as if their head is a balloon that is too full.
DOES DRY AIR MAKE CONGESTION WORSE?
The issue with dry air is that it makes the water on your body evaporate more quickly than normal. This takes water and moisture away from other areas of the body and prevents the normal function of certain bodily systems. Often your nasal passages and sinuses will be some of the worst to suffer from dry air.
When these particular parts of the body start experiencing more dry air, the moisture that is usually present will disappear, causing mucus and snot to dry and stick to the nasal passageways. On top of the already blocked nose, you will now have itchiness and discomfort from dried mucus and snot. Dried snot is also less likely to come out easily which prolongs the discomfort in your nose.
HOW CAN A HUMIDIFIER HELP WITH YOUR CONGESTION?
Extra humidity in the air is exactly what you need to help get the proper levels of moisture back into your nose and sinuses. If dry air is what is causing so much discomfort, it’s easy to see why increased humidity levels would help to fix the imbalance and make you more comfortable again.
Humidifiers add more moisture to the air and make it easier to breathe and get away from the dry air that is hurting your body. They do this by breaking up water droplets into tiny parts that are blown around with the air in the home. There are 4 methods of humidifying: Evaporative, impelling, ultrasonic, and steam. All of these types of humidifiers will work towards eliminating and comforting your congestion in order to get your body back to feeling well again.
Adding moisture back into your nasal passages will promote the normal functions of your nose again and help you to remove the excess build-up (if possible) while keeping snot and mucus from drying onto the walls of the nose.
GETTING A HUMIDIFIER
Humidifiers are easy to come by. You have the choice between an electric freestanding/tabletop unit or a whole house unit. These are the main types of humidifiers you can choose from and each one works well for different people’s needs.
If you mainly want to experience the humidity benefits overnight or in a few specific rooms then a single room unit will work perfectly for you. Those with larger homes and anyone who wants every part of the house to have increased humidity levels should look into a whole house system.
Whatever you choose, there’s no denying that there is a link between humid air and nasal comfort!