For older adults and those with lung conditions such as COPD, maintaining the best possible air quality in the house is vital. Air that is too dry, for instance, could cause or exacerbate health issues such as:
Yet air that’s too humid can cause mildew and mold to develop, which can lead to a host of health problems along with damage to the house.
Humidifiers, when used correctly, can help maintain the perfect level of moisture in the air (between 30 – 50%), and especially for people who manage COPD and other chronic lung diseases, can foster easier breathing, reduced irritation of nasal passages, and also the ability to more successfully expel phlegm in coughing.
In addition, using a humidifier overnight can decrease congestion and snoring, help reduce the level of any allergens, viruses and bacteria in the air, and even soothe an itchy scalp. Again, be careful to ensure the amount of humidity does not exceed the ideal range, which could result in disrupted sleep patterns.
There are a variety of different types of humidifiers available:
Speak to a doctor about the benefits of a humidifier in your loved one’s specific circumstances, and which kind is recommended.
Amy’s Helping Hands, providers of trusted Windsor-Essex senior care services, is here to assist individuals with chronic medical conditions like COPD, or just the issues inherent in normal aging, through an array of home care services. Give us a call at 519.915.4370 or contact us online to discover how we can help you breathe easier with trusted in-home support.