Health Tip: Considering a Humidifier?
(HealthDay News) -- Dry, cold winter air may lead you to consider running a humidifier. But if you have allergies, the device may not be the best choice.
The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology offers this advice:
Running a humidifier may promote mold and dust growth.
Dust mites, a common cause of allergies, thrive in humid environments.
Maintain a humidity level of between 30 percent and 40 percent to reduce dust mites.
Regularly change and clean the filter in your humidifier to prevent mold growth. Also regularly clean the humidifier itself.
Use demineralized or distilled water in your humidifier, which will help lessen bacteria and dust.