A Brief Look at the Benefits of Face Masks (Doruided Odorantium)
A face mask, sometimes called a cpap mask, is an adhesive mask designed of porous, absorbent cloth material, most often cotton, worn primarily over the nose and mouth. While more effective than air-filled or plastic-framed masks, they cannot be worn for extended periods of time. If physical distancing is not possible, and even if no other masks are available, cloth face masks remain the most popular method of CPAP therapy. Their success has made them the primary face and head gear worn by sleep apnoea sufferers around the world. They are typically worn during sleep only and not during the waking hours. In addition to alleviating CPAP-induced sleepiness and snoring, they can also prevent serious health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma and cognitive disorders such as ADD and ADHD.
The face mask is versatile in that it can be worn as either a partial or full face mask. It is also frequently used as a preventative therapy, worn whenever children visit the dentist or upon their arrival home from the hospital. The masks are comfortable, are easy to clean, do not slide down the nose, and prevent the build up of bacteria and allergens from entering the nasal passages. Many public schools have made them compulsory for students entering the building; in Canada, mandatory educational masks are a part of the HPV routine immunization required for all students entering grade school.
The face masks worn while sleeping can be either the soft pillows traditional sleep wear is made from or hard plastic covers custom-made for each individual patient. Soft pillows are more comfortable for the wearer because they are more relaxed and the face is held tighter against the pillow. For some, softer pillows require a little more effort to obtain a good fit; for others, it is just easier. Plastic coverings, by contrast, fit more snugly and the face is held closer to the mask and head rail. These coverings are more difficult to remove during the night, may not be as comfortable and are therefore not worn very often.
There are several factors which make face masks popular in healthcare settings. Comfort and ease of use are primary considerations of those in the medical profession. Face masks are often worn for extended periods of time, such as during the night or when traveling. The multiple functions of the item make them ideal for this use.
Face masks have also become popular in the workplace because of their ability to provide social distancing in the face of infection or disease. They can be worn by healthcare workers who are infected with Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, HIV or those who have become infected with a virus associated with cancer. Social distancing can take many forms. The masks can isolate the patient from other individuals, prevent them from smoking, or restrict their exposure to airborne bacteria and allergens. This can reduce the impact of many common workplace diseases, such as E. Coli and Hepatitis B, which can cause serious outbreaks of illness and disease within the workplace.
In addition to providing comfort and ease of use, healthcare workers who have to wear a face mask while performing their daily tasks benefit from these devices. The droplets filter out air contaminants, which helps to reduce the severity of colds and flu. As well as reducing the spread of airborne bacteria and allergens, they also reduce exposure to airborne irritants, which can trigger asthma attacks or other types of respiratory irritation. While these benefits might seem minimal, when compared with the severe financial and health consequences of receiving an influenza or HIV infection, the benefits of a quality face mask far outweigh the costs and complications that come with their use.