Cool temperatures often bring with them pesky (and sometimes painful) sore throats. If you notice your throat starting to feel dry, try using a humidifier right away—it’ll raise your chances of nipping a full-blown sore throat (a.k.a pharyngitis) in the bud.
According to Michael Finkelstein, a holistic physician in Westchester County, New York, a humidifier works to keep the air around you moist. Without it, “indoor heat and arid air may dry out the mucous membranes,” taking a mild case of dryness to painful extremes.
One important thing to note: Your humidifier’s water tank and filter must be cleaned regularly in order to prevent growth of mold, which, if inhaled, can aggravate symptoms and even lead to lung issues.