Dry air: Combating the effects of dry winter air

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Dry air: Combating the effects of dry winter air

Dry air — Get simple self-care steps to combat the annoying effects of dry air.

When the temperature plummets, most people respond by cranking up the heat and hunkering down for the winter. But in the battle to stay warm, you may also be blanketing yourself in dry air — and setting the stage for flaky skin, chapped lips and other problems. Here's how to win the fight against dry air.

Health problems created by dry air

Heating your home can reduce the amount of moisture in the air, especially if you use a forced-air heating system that doesn't include a humidifier. Breathing this dry air can irritate your nasal passages and throat. Dry air may make your skin dry and flaky. It may also cause your lips to chap and your nose to bleed.

Health problems created by dry air

Heating your home can reduce the amount of moisture in the air, especially if you use a forced-air heating system that doesn't include a humidifier. Breathing this dry air can irritate your nasal passages and throat. Dry air may make your skin dry and flaky. It may also cause your lips to chap and your nose to bleed.

When dry air triggers a visit to the doctor

However irritating, most of the problems caused by dry air aren't serious. But it's important to keep an eye on your signs and symptoms. Consult your health care provider if self-care measures aren't effective or if you're concerned about your condition.

Last Updated: 09/29/2006
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