How to Treat Dry Skin and Itchy Skin in the Winter

Episode #144 / Jan 11, 2010
It's very easy to get very dry skin and very itchy skin in the winter. The good news is that they're both easily preventable and treatable. Dr. Schultz explains.
Barbara on January 30, 2010 at 8:27pm

Why is a cold water humidifier better than a hot water humidifier?
Some people say the hot water one doesn't put bacteria in the air.....I know they should always be cleaned. Thanks...

Neal Schultz, M.D. on February 23, 2010 at 7:31pm

@Barbara: Warm water promotes more bacterial growth both in the water chamber and in the tubes/openings that conduct the moisture out into the air. I prefer cold because there's just less of a chance of bacterial overgrowth. And yes, to your point, regardless of which option you choose, they both need to be cleaned daily to be safe.