There are few things that are worse than being sick. In addition to not being able to go to work or to school, you also just feel downright awful. My kids used to curiously question me when I was feeling under the weather by asking, "Isn't being sick great, Dad? Now you don't have to go to work!"
I used to laugh at this because when you are ill and not working, you certainly don't have any energy to partake in activities you enjoy when you're healthy.
Recently, I went to go visit my niece, Amanda, with my wife Jan. My brother told me that his daughter wasn't feeling well, and that while we could certainly talk to her, Jan and I should probably keep our distance.
We did that, and avoided hugs and kisses goodbye, but oddly enough, the next day, I woke up with an awful sore throat. I was so frustrated because that day, I was supposed to attend my daughter Emily's riding competition.
After waking up and having a cup of chamomile tea with honey, I did some research on what I could do to alleviate this awful sore throat. I came across an article that mentioned that cool-mist humidifiers can help get rid of such pain.
I was intrigued by what I found, especially since I previously thought that humidifiers were generally only good for relieving dry skin. It looks like I was wrong. Apparently, we get sore throats when the mucous membrane's passages are infected by a virus and became irritated.
The swelling of these passages makes inhaling air difficult, especially if this air doesn't have any moisture in it. The National Library of Medicine advises using cool-mist humidifiers to moisten and relieve sore throats.
After reading the article, I decided that while resting in bed that day, I would plug on my family's cool-mist humidifier and leave it in my room. Boy, am I glad I did. After inhaling the moist air for just a couple hours during my nap, I woke up feeling much better than I did that morning!