Lynchburg Doctor: Dry Air Attacks Our Health and Home

Lynchburg, VA - The air's getting colder and drier outside, and that means the same problem inside your home.

This time of year, the dry air does do damage. Experts say there are little things you can do to combat cold, dry air from hurting your home and your health.

Doctors offices see these seasonal problems firsthand. Dr. Eppes's patients at Central Virginia Family Physicians in Forest get scratchy, rough skin and nosebleeds when the air is dry.

"Lungs do best in an oxygen exchange when you have moist air. That's why we breathe through our nose, to moisturize the air," said Eppes.

According to the National Institute of Health, "Nosebleeds occur more frequently in the winter when...heated indoor air dries out the nostrils."

But there's good news: You don't have to stand for dry air. The doctor says there are very simple things we can do to try to increase the humidity.

"The humidifier puts moisture on the air," said Chuck Overstreet.

Overstreet owns True Value Hardware. At his store, the humidifiers are out front and center. They can combat dry air.

"By adding moisture to the air, it can do a number of things. It allows people to breathe easier," said Overstreet.

The dry air can do a doozy to our homes too. And with the holidays here, dry air around dry decorations is toxic, says Jennifer Mayberry with the Lynchburg Fire Marshal's Office.

"Between the chimney fires and the Christmas decorations drying out, yes, it is very dangerous," said Mayberry.

The advice is simple: keep the tree watered and air moist and you should avoid a devastating Christmas tree fires this holiday season. Of course, if you heat your home with a wood stove, it can be very dry sometimes too. You can get a humidifier or just put a pot of water on top of the stove to moisten the air.