It got cold in a hurry! With it came the incredibly dry, crisp air. While winter temperatures likely aren’t here to stay just quite yet, this short spurt of cold weather may already be affecting your sinuses (and even your attitude!)
If you’ve noticed any of the following symptoms:
- nasal congestion/drainage
- bloody noses
- extreme headaches
- general sense of not feeling well
you’re likely a victim of the weather change!
So what can you do in your home or apartment to try and remedy the problem? We have a few tips!
- Check for air drafts. The best way to protect yourself from the cold, dry air is to avoid it! Check all of of your door and window seals for leaks, and apply weather stripping where needed. As an added bonus, this will help you save money on your energy bills!
- Buy a humidifier. Humidifiers put moister back into the air, causing it to not be so dry. You can find fairly cheap humidifiers at any major retailer such as Target, Walmart, etc. Most often, you only need to keep your humidifier on at night while you sleep for it to be effective. **WARNING** Be sure to clean your humidifier regularly, otherwise it can grow mold and bacteria which will make your sinuses much worse!
- Get a few indoor plants. Plants release some of the water they use into the air through their leaves as they make food, resulting in humidity in your air. Placing a few plants around your home will help reduce the dryness of the air.
- Air dry your clothes. Hanging your wet clothes on a drying rack to dry will help release that moister into the air, raising the humidity in your home.