Whether you suffer from them or not, I am pretty sure that you will agree with me that allergies are a royal pain in the… You are never off the hook with them. Sometimes they can flare up during the winter, sometimes during the Spring, or as with some people, the entire year. I am pretty sure that you tried many allergy solutions and that not many of them worked. But, have you tried using a humidifier? Did you know that the humidifier uses on allergies come with plenty of benefits? In this post, I am going to talk exactly about that! Keep reading to find out more.
Pills or a Humidifier?
If you have allergy issues, then I know that you hate season changes. Especially the Winter/Spring change when allergies start raging.
All that pollen floating freely through the air.
Entering all the parts of your home and entering your respiratory system without a problem…
Even if you don’t go out during pollen seasons, there’s pretty much no difference, right?
Sure, you might avoid some of the pollen, but a huge amount is already in the house.
And, there it is, the horror known as pollen allergy!
Running nose, sneezing every few minutes, headaches, tons of paper tissues…
You keep popping the anti-allergy pills but, at least in my case, they aren’t much of a help.
That is why I strongly recommend using a humidifier.
But, before you simply go and buy one, let’s first get more familiar with it and how and why it helps with allergies.
How Humidity affects Allergies?
When talking about humidity, the simplest way to explain it is that humidity is the amount of moisture in the air at any given moment.
But, how do the levels of humidity influence allergies? In more ways than you think actually.
Not only that the right humidity levels in your home help with treating your allergies, but it also helps in preventing some of the allergens to develop in the first place.
For example, a proper humidity level will prevent the development of dust mites. And, we know how problematic these little pests can get, even if you don’t suffer from allergies.
Whenever dust mites appear, their health-threatening enzymes get picked up by the micro air currents in your home.
This can only lead to allergy flare up and mucus-filled sinuses.
There are many solutions for getting rid of dust mites.
However, most of the solutions include buying the expensive dust mite free mattresses, sheets, and so on.
And, it pretty much means getting rid of all the carpets and drapes in your home.
But, instead of looking at it from that angle, you can consider getting a humidifier.
Why a humidifier? Well, for starters, when it comes to dust mites, with a proper humidity control, you can make the atmosphere hostile to them and they won’t even develop in the first place.
On the other hand, if the air in your home is too dry, it can lead to the development of many other allergy triggers.
Again, a humidifier will help in more ways than you expect.
Why is Dry Air Bad for Health?
You know how during the winter, when the heating season kicks in, whenever you are in your home where it’s warm and comfy, your nasal passages are all irritated and your sinus infections get all crazy?
Well, that is all caused by dry air.
This is a problem that leads to allergy flare up, and excessive secretion of mucus.
This can especially be dangerous if, besides allergies, you have asthma.
Also, even if you don’t have allergy problems, dry air can bring new issues.
For example, a too dry air can cause drying of the skin, which further leads to the development of eczema.
However, before you turn on the humidifier, keep in mind that too much humidity can be just as damaging to your health as low humidity.
Therefore, proper levels of humidity in your home are a MUST!
Humidifier Uses on Allergies –Do They Really Help?
With properly balanced humidity levels in your home, your mucus problems with your nasal passages and allergies will become history.
How does that work? Well, it’s rather simple actually.
No mucus in your sinuses and nose only means that your body can get rid of allergens much faster.
This means fewer allergy flare-ups and improvement of your immune system.
And, not only that it helps with clearing out allergens faster, but your sinusitis issue will also disappear thanks to the moisture in the air.
But, what actually happens in the air when there’s moisture in it?
What Happens When You Turn On the Humidifier?
A great thing about humidifier uses on allergies is that you get the possibility to control the indoor allergens.
For example, allergens such as pollen, dust, or some other “floaters”, are more likely to find their way into your home-air and float easily all over the house.
This means that the chances of you, or your kids inhaling these allergens are extremely high.
However, when the air is infused with moisture, it becomes a “rough sea” for allergens.
Dust particles, pollen, or other super-light allergens, get soaked with moisture.
This means that they become heavier, thus, they start falling instead of roaming through the house.
Automatically, the chances of inhaling them become notably lower.
And, if you thought that humidifiers can help with allergies only at home, you were wrong.
In fact, it is highly recommendable to use humidifiers in offices or receptions because you never know what allergens the people who are walking in are carrying on their clothes.
What Exactly did Humidifiers Help Me With?
Here is what you can expect your humidifier to be the most helpful (at least it was like that in my case, let me know if you had more luck).
Somehow, I always connect humidifiers with getting rid of sinus problems.
And how can I not because they really helped me with my sinus inflammations.
It doesn’t matter if you have extremely aggressive or mild reactions to Spring allergies, you are not one happy camper when this starts, right?
When the Winter is about to end, the dry air will still linger in your home, even when the outside humidity levels rise.
This just means that your nasal passages will be free for pollen invasion, which we all know it leads to – Sinus inflammation and massive headaches.
But, adding humidity to your home’s air, your nose will not be a suitable place for pollen or other allergens to attach, and you will breathe normally.
For me, the season changing only means nasal congestion!
I am pretty much allergic to everything.
Whether we are talking about flowers, trees, grass and as soon as they start growing, blossoming, instead of enjoying the Spring, I “enjoy” congestions and paper tissue sessions.
Again, with the help of my humidifiers spread throughout the house, I am able to control my allergies.
The environment is much more comfortable and I no longer have problems with irritated nose and throat, and I even stopped using medication when I am in my home.
Allergic reactions, mostly happen on the surface of the skin.
And, when the allergy season starts, I remember my son’s sking becoming instantly irritated.
The poor child hasn’t even had time to recover from the dry Winter air, the spring allergies already started.
And, exactly the dry air and skin problem opened the door for spring allergies.
However, when we started using humidifiers during the winter, his skin wasn’t dry and irritated during the winter and was fully recovered and ready for spring and the allergens.
Needless to say that his skin never had problems after we started controlling the humidity levels in our home.
But, there are some things you should know about humidity and allergies before exploiting the humidifier uses on allergies.
What to Pay Attention To When Using a Humidifier
When it comes to humidifiers and allergies, not everything is allowed.
For example, when humidity levels in your home are too high, you risk mold and dust mite development.
Speaking of dust mite issues, you should know that when the humidity levels are above 50%, your home is a heaven for them.
So, the ideal humidity would be between 30% and 50%.
However, even if you overdo it with humidity, there are some steps that can help you lower it.
Ventilating the Home
Proper home ventilation is of the utmost importance, especially when using a humidifier.
After using the humidifier, make sure you vent out your home so that moisture doesn’t pool on drapes and around windows.
Cleaning the Humidifier
In order to prevent bacteria growth that will do more harm than good, you need to properly clean your humidifier.
This includes following the manufacturer recommendation, and regularly replacing the filter.
Things To Note
For a much better insight into the entire cleaning process, I recommend checking out my How to Clean Humidifiers post.
If allergy problems run wild in your household, investing in a hygrometer would be a smart choice.
Or, you can even make one on your own if you follow the advice from my DIY Hygrometer post.
Either way, you will know the exact RH levels in your home.
This means that you don’t have to use the humidifier all the time, but simply when the humidity levels fall below your preferred value or go over it.
This is great for keeping the proper humidity levels constant and not have problems with either dry air or too much humidity.
Also, what is even more important, you will keep all the allergens and allergic reactions at bay.
Okay, that pretty much sums up all of my knowledge and experience on humidifier uses on allergies.
You know how hard your life gets when the allergies kick in.
You also know what causes your allergic reactions.
And now, you know how to deal with these problems!
Whether we are talking about spring allergies or allergies that can bother you throughout the entire year, humidifiers can make your life so much easier.
Also, remember that by controlling the humidity levels in your home, not only that you control the allergy symptoms, but you also control the cause of those symptoms.
And, with a hygrometer and a precise measurement of the humidity at any given moment, you can set your humidifier to create an atmosphere that will deal with the allergen you are having problems with.
So, as you see, for people who suffer from spring or dust allergies, having a humidifier in the house is a must!