Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

How Using A Humidifier Helps Fight Colds and Flu

I have three children, which means when they go to school, or as my husband refers to it, the germ of the week club, they are exposed to multiple viruses. I try to keep them healthy and remind them to wash their hands regularly, but sometimes, those viruses invade.

One of my children had a problem when he was around 3 years old with that barking-type cough. It once got so bad I had to take him to the ER because he was having a hard time breathing. That was the first time we started using a humidifier in the boys’ room.

Even though he’ll be turning 9 this week, whenever I hear him start to cough and it sounds like it may start up again, I turn on the humidifier. Well, actually, I tend to use it all winter long and guess what? It works!

I did some research online and ran across “4 Reasons to Use a Humidifier”:

Humidifiers may stop the spread of flu germs.

A 2009 study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences found that flu germs survive and spread more easily in dry air conditions. These results suggest that boosting your indoor humidity level makes it less likely for flu germs to survive and transmit to those around you. Aim to maintain a humidity level of between 45 and 50% to curb the spread of germs. An inexpensive hygrometer can help you stay on top of humidity measurement.

Humidifiers help you breathe easier.

Common flu symptoms such as a runny nose, sinus congestion, coughing, and a sore throat often make breathing feel like work. Humidifiers help moisturize your nasal, throat, and lung passages, making it easier for air to pass through. When you’re sick, try using a warm mist humidifier, which disperses a soothing heated mist for extra comfort.

Humidifiers help you feel better faster.

Along with providing soothing moisture that eases your airways, humidifiers make you feel more comfortable in your indoor environment. This can help you to get the rest you need to fight off the flu faster and get back to your normal routine.

Humidifiers help ward off future illnesses.

Ever heard of cilia? Your cilia are the tiny hairs inside your nose that protect your nasal and respiratory passages. As you breathe, your cilia move back and forth to prevent bacteria, germs, dust, and other foreign particles from entering your nasal passages and possibly triggering an illness. When your nasal passages are dry, cilia can’t do their job effectively. Using a humidifier ensures that your nasal airways remain moist and helps these tiny hairs continue to ward off bacteria and germs.

I have noticed a decrease in colds and flu since we started using a humidifier in our home. You may want to give it a try in your home as well.

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