It's better than medicine

By Rebecca Angel Baer
August 19, 2017
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Summer is coming to a close, school is back in session and even if we don't want to admit it, winter is coming. Or perhaps more importantly, germs are coming.

With kids back in class, you and your family are going to be exposed to a lot more germs. Your risk for catching a cold, developing a sinus infection or if you don't get your flu shot, even coming down with the flu might increase this time of year.

If you do find yourself or anyone in your family coming down with a case of the sniffles, your secret weapon may not come from your medicine cabinet. In fact, there is one item that could help combat your cold before it becomes an infection and save you that trip to the doctor.

A humidifier can make all the difference without risk of any side effects. Why does it work? Southern Living spoke with Otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) Dr. Aaron Duberstein.

"Mucous membranes are made to be wet. When you have a cold, help them stay moist with a humidifier so they can focus on fighting the infection," he said.

It's even completely safe to use every day to keep a myriad of issues at bay including sinusitis, nosebleeds, and allergies. All can benefit from the influx of moisture. Dr. Duberstein suggested using distilled water to fill your humidifier.

It's not a new invention but the design has come a long way. Newer models are lighter, easier to fill and they are much quieter. They can run all night and not wake you from the sleep you finally get because you will be able to breath out of your nose again. There are a lot of options on the market as well but we here at Southern Living, like the Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, available at most stores and on Amazon here. This one is perfect for use in smaller spaces like an apartment or in the bedroom and it comes in a variety of colors if a hot pink or neon green humidifier tickles your fancy.

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Go ahead and pick one up now to keep your family's sinus cavities clear this cold and flu season.