Humidifiers Can Keep Flu Symptoms At BayWritten by Duncan under Humidifiers | No Comments
Cold and flu season has arrived and it’s been well established that running a humidifier in your home can help relieve congestion and soothe a sore throat. A humidifier can also help children with colds and snuffles as their smaller nostrils get stuffed up more easily. Many doctors suggest running a humidifier to help ease congestion in these cases. Some studies suggest that keeping an indoor Relative Humidity (RH) level between 40-60% can not only relieve congestions and cold or flu symptoms, but can also actually kill flu viruses on surfaces and in the air if used with other measures.
The influenza season peaks during the winter months when air temperature and RH levels are naturally low. Using humidifiers to create RH levels of at least 40% can go a long way to make things as uncomfortable as possible for influenza germs. influenza survives far better and longer at low RH levels, but, studies seem to confirm that using a humidifier to produce environments with an RH of approximately 40 -60% means that the influenza germs’ chances of survival in the air and on hard surfaces is greatly reduced. Of course, this only reduces influenza survival rates and is not a cure – that still evades medical science.
Using a humidifier is definitely something that can be done to alleviate symptoms at least. Maintaining the right amount of moisture in your home can help to soothe sore throats and allow you to breathe better and sleep more comfortably. Even when the whole family is healthy, proper humidity levels in the home can relieve other winter symptoms caused by cold, dry winter air, such as a dry nose, a dry throat, and dry eyes.