How Humidity Affects Your Health?
by Erhan Tromp on June 24, 2017

What is Humidity?

We all know what humidity feels like, it makes us all feel sticky, sweaty, and gross. However, many people do not know what humidity itself even is. Humidity is the amount of water in the air. It is different than rain or snow, where there is a visibly measurable amount of water in the air, but it is a much smaller amount of water. It can have effects on how you feel, but it can affect the health and functioning of your body as well.


Impacts the Cooling Mechanism of the Body    

One of the most important ways that humidity affects the human body is the hampering of the body’s cooling system. When our body gets hot, it sweats for the air to cool us down. However, when there are too much water and moisture in the air, when it is high humidity, the air is too full to cool down the sweat. The result is that you sweat, and continue to sweat, but the sweat does not evaporate and cool your skin down, which means that you do not cool down.


Heat Cramps

Another significant health hazard for us all when it becomes too humid outside is heat cramps. When the high humidity and high temperatures are combined, the risk of heat cramps becomes much more pronounced. You will sweat out too much liquid and body salts that do not get replaced as easily, which increases the chance of muscle cramps. For some, this can be a minor inconvenience. For others, this can be a cripplingly painful


Dry Nasal Passages

When it is low humidity, on the other hand, dryness in your nasal passages becomes a large issue. When your body uses the moisture in your mucus to moisten the air around your nose, the mucus becomes tried out. It can then crack your sinuses, leading to nasal pain, nose bleeds, and more. This cracking can also be painful and should be treated carefully to avoid spreading the cracks further.


Barometric Pressure Headaches

What several people do not know, is that barometric pressure and humidity can lead to headaches. The key to this combination is the dehydration and sinus pressure combination. When humidity is too low, and your body is searching for any moisture, barometric headaches have a much higher risk. Similarly, when humidity is high, and your body is wasting water and salts sweating, but not cooling down, barometric headaches are easier to contract. However, low humidity is always going to be the simpler weather pattern to get barometric headaches. 

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