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Low humidity may also damage your eyes and skin

Effects of low humidity on health

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Low humidity may also damage your eyes and skin

Do you struggle with dry, irritated eyes?  Low humidity could be a factor since it is known to increase the evaporation of tears.

Reduced humidity combined with colder temperatures tends to wreak havoc on your skin as well. This is commonly referred to as “winter itch,” caused when your skin is depleted of moisture. Aside from the itching, dry air will draw moisture out of your skin, making small cracks on your skin’s surface far more likely.

Note:  While it’s rare for infectious agents on your skin to cause a problem (it is typically only an issue when you transfer that to your nose or mouth), cracked skin will increase your risk of getting sick by providing an entryway for potentially dangerous pathogens through the cracked skin.

Tips for resolving dry winter skin

*Drink plenty of water

*Omega-3 fats help

*Use a vaporizer or humidifier (monitor oversaturation which may cause mold)

* Ideal level of relative humidity for sinus health is between 35-45 percent.

Note:  If you have hardwood floors or wooden furniture, low humidity can cause them to lose moisture and contract, leading to cracks or separations at the seams.

Source:  U.S. National Library of Medicine

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