Why do we still feel that lingering cough and congestion weeks after our cold has ended? According to Dr. Richard Besser, after a cold subsides our airways stay sensitive. They get inflamed from that infection, and can stay irritable for many weeks afterward. One thing that may help these symptoms is the use of a cool mist humidifier -- especially during the winter months when we're using forced air to heat our homes, which can be trying to our airways and make them more sensitive. If you decide to use a cool mist humidifier, make sure you clean it every day to avoid mold.
For more of Dr. Richard Besser's health tips, view the slideshow below:
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