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Effects of Low Humidity on Health

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  • During the winter months, heaters and cold temperatures may lead to dry air with low humidity, leading to dry skin, irritated sinuses and throat, and itchy eyes
  • Exposure to low humidity can dry out and inflame the mucous membrane lining your respiratory tract, increasing your risk of colds, the flu, and other infections
  • Flu viruses survive longer, and spread more easily, when humidity levels are low
  • A hygrometer, which you can find at most hardware stores, can measure the amount of moisture in your home's air so you can adjust it accordingly

By Dr. Mercola

Humidity, or the amount of water vapor in the air, is an important health variable that is easy to overlook… yet very easy to remedy. Ideal humidity is generally described as between 40 percent and 60 percent, although some experts believe it should be closer to 35-45 percent.


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