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The Impact of Dry Air on Your Health
As one of our local readers, we know that your body faces many changes during the cold winter months. For example, you may soon come to find that the air in your home is entirely too dry.
While this doesn’t sound like a big deal at first, it has a way of taking its toll on your health over the long run. Here are some of the many ways low humidity can impact you in the months to come:
· Dry, itchy eyes: Don’t assume that dry, itchy eyes only come about with spring and fall allergies. Low humidity can dry out your eyes, causing itching, burning, and a variety of other side effects.
· Higher risk of getting sick: Did you know that many viruses live longer in low humidity environments? This is a major problem during the winter months, when cold and flu viruses (among others) are a concern.
· Dry, itchy, and scaly skin. It’s often called “winter itch” and is caused by nothing more than a lack of moisture in your skin. For some people, this is a serious problem that goes well beyond the surface of the skin. It can result in cracking and burning, thus making it difficult to maintain your appearance and overall level of comfort.
If you’re concerned about dry air impacting your health this winter, it’s time to look into a humidifier for your home. It’s the quickest way to solve this potential problem.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.
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