Humidity for sinus health

humidity for sinus healthI saw this Travel Humidifier on a pharmacist’s blog last week, and I’m thinking I might get one.

Normally, I don’t buy a lot of gadgets of any kind, but I’m kind of excited about this humidifier.

Why?

Just a few weeks ago, I arrived home from a plane trip and promptly came down with a cold that turned into a sinus infection.

I wasn’t as conscientious as I could have been with my hand sanitizer, I know, but I blame the plane’s low humidity for injuring my nose’s first line of defense.

What do I hate most about plane travel? Not the skinny seats, or lack of food service, or tiny toilets—I hate the dry air and the way my sinuses ache when I disembark.

I try to stay hydrated and I always use my amazing Neti pot when I get home, but the damage has already been done.

Low humidity is associated with more colds and allergies.

Humidity levels under 35% can have several effects on your health, which may range from discomfort to serious complications. A common sign that your air is too dry is when your nose, throat and skin feel dry and scratchy. Insufficient moisture in the air makes the mucous membranes inside your nose and throat – your organism’s first barrier against airborne infections – dry and more susceptible to diseases like cold and flu. Dry air is also dangerous for allergy and asthma sufferers, since it can aggravate their symptoms.

I like that this humidifier uses a cool, ultrasonic-generated mist; it’s portable; and it has an adapter so you can use an average plastic water bottle.

The pharmacist blog also said it can increase humidity faster (4-oz of mist in one hour) than most regular-sized models.

This would be useful in most homes in the winter—forced-air heating, gas or wood stoves all create low humidity indoors.

I wonder if I could use it on a plane?

Sláinte!

Frugal Nurse

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Comments

Humidity for sinus health — 2 Comments

  1. Can’t you just picture this? Guy next to you snoring and leaning into your seat? Zap him with your humidifier! 🙂

    • Yes, not much personal space on a plane is there? I suppose carrying a personal humidifier on board would not be neighborly. Too bad, because it’s a great idea! FN