Winter brings the joy of the holidays, beautiful snowfalls and romantic roaring fires. However, it also brings the cold air resulting in an undesirable consequence -- dryness. Dry air can trigger many medical symptoms including nose bleeds, a scratchy throat, cracking skin, headaches, dehydration and fatigue. Nevertheless, many of the adverse effects of dryness can be prevented by understanding certain basic facts.
In the winter, because of the cold temperatures, the humidity (water content) in the air outside drops significantly. As such, when we turn the heat on in our homes and warm up that cold air, the temperature may become more comfortable but the humidity drops even more, resulting in an acutely dry environment. This lack of humidity can cause moisture to evaporate from our bodies resulting in potentially serious medical issues.