Does a Humidifier Help with Allergies?

Spring has arrived, and everything is blooming. Unfortunately, for some people, this means their allergies are also blooming. We are frequently asked if a humidifier can help with allergies, and the answer is yes! With regular usage and correct cleaning, a humidifier can be your best friend and your allergies’ worst enemy.

Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is an allergic response to certain allergens. Pollen is the most common trigger, causing a host of symptoms like a runny, nose, congestion, sneezing, and coughing. Humidifiers help relieve these symptoms by adding moisture to the air in your home. The added moisture, or humidity, lubricates your nasal passages and helps relieve inflammation in your sinuses. Adding essential oils like peppermint or eucalyptus can help even more since these are both great oils for relieving congestion.

PRO TIP: Before adding essential oils to your humidifier, make sure that it is equipped with an essential oil diffuser. Adding essential oils directly to a humidifier’s water can damage the unit.

Healthy humidity helps relieve allergies in another way, too. Dry air makes your nasal passages dry, which inhibits their ability to expel mucous. With a humidifier, your sinuses get much-needed moisture that helps you blow out mucous and other irritants (and allergens), which also helps reduce allergy symptoms.

Seasonal allergens can also affect the skin, and humidifiers can help with this, too. Eczema and hives can both be triggered by allergens, resulting in itchy and painful skin. Numerous studies have shown that running a humidifier in your home can help keep your skin moist, which helps relieve those dry, painful spots caused by your skin’s reaction to the allergens in the air.

Health experts recommend setting your humidity level between 40-60%. At this level, your humidifier can also help reduce viruses in your air. Make sure to clean your humidifier once a week.

There is no magic cure-all for allergies, but humidifiers offer a natural option for relieving symptoms and keeping you more comfortable.

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