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Does using humidifers in the winter spread mold, bacteria?

December 10, 2007

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Yes. Doctors often recommend humidifiers in the winter because the dry, heated air in homes can irritate your nose and throat. But, while those symptoms can be annoying, "there is no evidence I know of that humidifying air reduces colds," said Dr. Ralph Metson, a sinus surgeon at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. (Full article: 245 words)

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