RHINELANDER - Dry air can cause more issues than just dry skin. Leaving it untreated can also cause other health problems inside your body. When your upper respiratory system dries out, bacteria and viruses can grow. That can cause you to become sick. Oneida County Health Department Public Nurse Dawn Klink said there's a simple way to prevent that from happening.
"Make sure you drink enough water; especially elderly and young people", said Klink. "When they get sick, make sure they stay hydrated. Because, if they're dehydrated, that's going to make it all the worse."
Warm showers, boiling water, even plants can help put moisture in the air. In addition, make sure to wash your hands frequently. Getting vaccinated can also help keep you from getting sick.
People usually turn to humidifiers to put moisture in the air. Rhinelander Menards General Manager BJ Prokopiak says he sees sales of humidifiers rise between November and February.
"Forty-three percent of humidity really reduces flu rate in homes," said Prokopiak. "People really look at that and obviously the dry skin, bloody nose, things like that, it's really tough to put up with at times."
Regular maintenance of your humidifier will ensure clean, healthy air during the winter season.