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The Best Humidifiers for Dry Skin and Stuffy Sinuses


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Dryness and irritation

by Leslie Barrie

Keep waking up with dry skin and stuffy sinuses? Try a humidifier. Adding moisture to your room can make a big difference in how you look and feel, especially if you have dry nasal and sinus passages, and are uncomfortable during the arid winter months, explains Clifford W. Bassett, MD, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York and a clinical instructor at the New York University School of Medicine.

Humidifiers make for easier breathing when you or your kids have a cold, too. Just be sure to clean them frequently, Dr. Bassett says, to reduce mold and bacteria growth that can trigger allergies and asthma.

To help you feel great all winter, we road tested both cool- and warm-mist humidifiers. (You can use either, Dr. Bassett says; they work equally well.) Read on to find the best pick for you.

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