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Air-conditioned environments

The quality of the air that we breathe and its humidity levels affect our body’s ability to be protected against disease.

Adults breathe approximately 22,000 times a day. The air we breathe is affecting the condition of our sinuses, by increasing or decreasing moisture in our nostrils. The healthiest humidity levels for the sinuses are between 30%-50%. In the case of dry sinuses, there is a 50% higher possibility to attract germs than in the case of moist sinuses. 

Breathing dry air due to indoor air conditioning may irritate our sinuses. Air conditioning, apart from drying the nose, can also carry dust or airborne particles which when inhaled can worsen the condition. This may be prevented with the frequent change of the filters that trap these harmful substances.

Air-conditioned environments

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Dry air may have an effect on:

  • Respiratory problems (i.e. asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and nosebleeding)
  • Dehydration: due to dry air that reduces the volume of bodily fluids
  • Watery and itchy eyes and throat
  • Dry skin, chapped lips and eczema
  • Dry nostrils, cracked nasal membranes, damaged cilia, poorly functioning mucus membranes and chronic sinusitis
  • Chronic joint and muscle pain

Tips

to treat dry sinuses

1. Avoid dry and unclean air

  • Cool, dry weather
  • Musty air or rooms
  • Rooms with airborne irritants like hairspray, tobacco smoke, cleaning products
Avoid dry and unclean air
Increase moisture in the nose

2. Increase moisture in the nose

  • Dip a washcloth in warm water and place it over your face, inhaling deeply
  • Humidify the air through a humidifier or vaporizer
  • Spend time taking a hot, steamy shower; go to a steam room
  • Use a nasal seawater solution spray
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