Allergy symptoms can manifest in many different forms including allergic rhinitis, asthma and a variety of skin problems. Symptoms include dry irritated nasal passages, congestion, itchy skin or difficulty breathing. For many forms of allergies, dry air may make things worse. If you or a family member is suffering from allergy problems, a humidifier may provide relief from many of the troubling symptoms of allergies.

How a Humidifier Works

A humidifier is a device that increases the amount of humidity (moisture) in the air. Discomfort caused by dry air may increase during the winter, or during the summer when air conditioning is in use. A humidifier works by converting water poured inside a container into steam which is then released as water vapor into the air. A humidifier is a great solution for problems triggered by very dry air, such as chapped lips and nosebleeds. Using this device can also relieve sinus congestion, dry throat and nasal irritation.

Why Humidifiers Help Improve Allergy Symptoms

Increasing the humidity level of your home can help reduce inflammation of dry nasal passages. When inflammation is reduced, nasal tissues can expel irritants and allergens, and there is a quick feeling of relief. When allergies cause asthma symptoms, humidifiers can help clear mucous out of airways.

Allergy-related skin problems may also improve with the use of humidifiers. Dry skin and dry eyes feel less irritated when there is more moisture in the air. Moisture in the air can also help you feel better if your throat is dry and irritated.

Choosing the Right Humidifier for Your Family

Finding the right amount of relative humidity can be somewhat tricky for allergy sufferers. When humidity levels are too low, you may experience dry throat, dry eyes or skin irritation. But if humidity levels are too high, conditions may be right for increased mold growth. Dust mites thrive at high humidity, and they can also aggravate allergies. The goal is avoid having indoor air that is either too dry or too damp.

The type of humidifier that would work best for your situation depends on your budget and the size of the area that needs moisture. At Blue Mountain Air, we can help you choose the right humidifier for your family. Give us a call today.

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