7 Potential Health Risks of a Humid Environment
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A humid environment refers to an atmosphere with relatively high levels of water vapor. Most people only understand the effects of high humidity on your health, this is mainly because at high humidity environment one will experience immediate personal discomfort like sweating. However, very low humidity environment also poses serious health risks.
Potential health risks:
1. High humidity
Humidity affects how our bodies regulate our internal body temperature. Biologically, when our bodies get warm we produce sweat. This sweat is supposed to evaporate thus cooling our bodies. In a humid environment, the increased moisture in the air makes it difficult for the sweat produced to evaporate. This results in excessive sweating increased respiration and hyperthermia.
The potential health risks include:
- Respiratory system diseases
- Allergic diseases
- Volatile organic compounds
- Muscle cramps.
- Heat stroke
There is not much we can do to regulate the humidity outside, but you can easily lower the level of humidity inside the house by buying a dehumidifier. Check out your comprehensive guide to buying a dehumidifier.
2. Low humidity
Mainly experienced during the winter months and in cold temperatures. Dry air has the following potential health risks.
- Respiratory tract problem
People who are exposed to low humid environments experience dry and inflame of the mucous membrane lining of the respiratory tract. This increases the risk of the flu, colds and other respiratory infections.
- Skin problem
- Eye problems
Dry air surrounding the eyes causes moisture imbalance due to increased evaporation of tears. This leads to irritation around the eyes and the drying of the film in the eyes can result in blurred vision.
To ensure your home maintains an average humidity level buy a humidifier.
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