A humidifier

Not every allergy problem needs to be solved with medicine. Lifestyle changes can have a significant impact, too. One thing you can do is run a humidifier in your home.

How does dry air affect my allergies?

When the air isn’t humid, it can dry out your nasal passages, which can irritate them and cause them to produce more mucus. The more mucus in your nasal passages, the harder your body has of eliminating allergens.

How can a humidifier help?

A humidifier will raise the moisture level in the air of the room. This will keep your nasal passages moist, which will help your body eliminate allergens. A humidifier can also help relieve cold and flu symptoms like a runny nose or coughing, which will give you additional relief when you’re dealing with allergies.

Is too much humidity a bad thing?

Using a humidifier helps if you have allergies to something like pollen. But if you have winter allergies, like mold or dust, it can be detrimental. Mold thrives in damp environments, and moisture helps dust mites grow. So, while a humidifier can help with dry air in winter, running it for too long could end up being counterproductive. Also, make sure to regularly drain and clean your humidifier. If the water stagnates in the humidifier, mold can grow there, too.

Do I have any alternatives to humidifiers?

Gregory Parsons, MD

If you want to keep your air clean but a humidifier doesn’t suit your needs, air filters – particularly electronic ones – can be helpful, CEENTA ENT doctor Gregory Parsons, MD, said. They collect particles from the air, like allergens, and trap them so they don’t get released back into the air.

Remember

If your allergies are more than a humidifier can handle, don’t hesitate to come to CEENTA for an allergy test and a treatment plan that will suit your unique needs.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician. Dr. Parsons practices in our Lancaster and Rock Hill offices. To schedule an appointment with him or a CEENTA ENT doctor near you, call 704-295-3000. You can also schedule an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.

 


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