Winter is heating season and in many parts of the world, people prepare their homes for the harsh reality of the weather. Families spend huge amounts of money on heating bills just to keep their homes warm, little realizing that all the artificial heating they are using decreases the humidity at home which can cause dry skin or even eczema.
Humidity is the culprit of all those allergies we experience during the season. It is in winter that we use heaters at home and the resulting dryness in the air causes low humidity. A crucial role is played by humidity in both the treatment and development of these allergies.
This dry air can lead to dry skin, irritated sinuses and congestion. Gradual subjection to low humidity dries out and causes inflammation of the mucous membrane that is lining your respiratory tract. With the inflammation of your nasal passages you increase your chances of catching the dreaded cold, flu or other infections. These viruses are very likely to survive longer in humid conditions and thus you increase the risk of getting infected. Furthermore, improper ventilation, cold and damp climate and indoor humidity exacerbates an infection.
Remedies for winter infection:
- To increase the humidity you can take the help of a good vaporizer or a humidifier.
- In a bowl of steaming water add a few drops of eucalyptus oil or menthol aromatherapy oil and breathe in the vapors. It will give you immediate relief.
- Unclog your nasal passages with Nasal Saline Sprays to get rid of the mucous and nose blocks; you can use brands like Ayr or Simply Saline.
- You can also use a Saline gel by applying in and around your nose; it will soothe and moisturize your dry nasal passages, giving you instant relief. Again it is recommended that you use reliable brands like Ayr or Simply Saline.
- Avoid the triggers that set off an infection. Be careful of the foods you eat and also what you drink. Keep your surrounding areas fresh and dust free. For those with pets, manage with care. Keep your dogs and cats away from the bedroom and get rid of pet dander.
If your symptoms doesn’t go away and you are not feeling better, then you need to visit an allergy center and talk to a specialist for more guidelines.