As you know living in a dry climate or turning up the heat during winter can dry out your skin further aggravating your eczema. Since I’ve gotten the humidifier, I wake up with less flaky skin, especially in the winter. Also, for a while I’ve been waking up with crusty eyes, but it stopped with the humidifier. Personally, I think this is a luxury item and won’t have a significant improvement on your quality of life. It will only help to reduce dryness which can make your eczema worse but it won’t eliminate it completely.
For more details on my experience with a humidifier and choosing one below:
One morning I woke up, mouth parched with the skin on my neck flaking off like snowflakes, only not so pretty. With the winter coming, I decided that I had to buy a humidifier. However, my past experience with my last humidifier was horrid. I had bought one from Canadian Tire for ~$30. It was a cool mist humidifier with a reusable filter and a fan. It ended up being a huge mistake. First of all, to prevent bacteria growth I had to clean the sloppy tank on a daily basis with an antibacterial solution. To make matters worse, the longer I used it, the more I found myself waking up with a sore throat. To top of it off, I’ve had crusty white mould growing in my room. The hydrostat was largely inaccurate and because it didn’t decalcify the tap water, there was white filmy calcium deposit wherever the mists landed and inside the water tank. The filters were nasty looking even after I had cleaned them. It was such a horrible experience that I swore I would never buy another humidifier again.
When winter hit again, I got desperate once again and looked up the best humidifiers on the market. Ones that kept coming up were the Air-O-Swiss humidifiers. I was hesitant at first because they were expensive but I was desperate so I quickly bought the AOS Ultrasonic U650 warm & cold mist humidifier and never looked back. These humidifiers are superior to drugstore brands for many reasons:
1) They come with an ionic stick that will prevent bacteria growth for one year. This means you never have to disinfect. I was skeptical at first, but I haven’t woken up to a sore throat.
2) They come with a demineralization cartilage that removes calcium deposits
3) You can have both cool and warm mist in one machine, although the warm mist is not steaming hot so it won’t necessarily warm up the room in the winter
4) No fan, no noise. Ultra quiet
5) Ultrasonic means that it breaks water droplets into finer size droplets allowing it a greater chance to be evaporated into the air rather than dropping onto the ground
6) If you’re allergic to dust, the humidity binds to the dust causing it to fall to the ground making it easier to vacuum.
The only bad thing is that tilting the machine will cause the water to spill and sometimes even onto the cord if you are not being careful. Maintenance can be expensive long-term. They suggests buying E Cal to remove calcium deposits in the tray ($~10 Cad for 3 packages) but you can use white vinegar. Also, you can purchase 3 packages of refills ($30) for the demineralization cartilages rather than a single new cartilage ($20).
This is just one humidifier that I tried. I’m sure that any other humidifier out there can do the same job. Just make sure to choose one that decalcifies the water if you don’t want to use distilled water, and one that has some way of killing off germs in the tank. Good luck!