Frigid temperatures are sweeping the nation with what feels like no end in sight. This can cause many figurative headaches but even worse…an actual headache. We’ve all experienced this nuisance in all of its unpleasant forms and keeping it at bay is something I’m sure we’d agree on. Fortunately, this ‘sneak up on you’ pain can be both relieved and prevented with the use of a humidifier.
Record breaking lows has furnaces running on high across the country, resulting in the elimination of moisture in the air. As you may know, a lack of humidity can dry out your skin and cause chapped lips but it can also significantly affect your sinuses.
In order to function properly, sinuses and their mucous membranes require moisture. With the presence of heat and low humidity, moisture is quickly evaporated and leaves mucous membranes dry. When these membranes are too dry, they become irritated and inflamed. They can become so irritated that they crack and cause a nosebleed. Inflammation restricts the flow of blood through the sinuses, resulting in a pounding headache.
Avoiding this annoyance can be as simple as flipping a switch on your humidifier. According to Mayo Clinic, a healthy humidity level in your home should be between 30% and 50%. Maintaining this level of humidity not only keeps your sinuses moist, but also aids in the prevention of dry eyes and itchy skin. In addition to preventing headaches, keeping your sinuses and mucous membranes moist makes you less susceptible to catching the flu or the common cold. Germs are able to move freely and can be expelled rather than trapped.
Breathing overly dry air causes a multitude of unpleasant side effects. By controlling the humidity in your home, you can address this dry air culprit head on and say so long to headaches.