Allergy Protection by Simply Using a Face Mask
A face mask, sometimes called a nasal mask, is a covering over the nose and mouth used to prevent the passage of irritants, bacteria and viruses. Masks can be made from a variety of fabrics, including plastic, synthetic materials, natural fibers, such as cashmere, and others. Some face masks are heavy, like a felt cover that covers the entire head, while others are light, flexible straps that pull snugly around the chin and jaw. Many face masks are disposable, so they are washed and reused after each use. While there are some benefits to using a face mask to prevent infection and irritation, not all masks provide the same benefits.
A cloth face mask, sometimes called a nasal plaster, is simply a plastic face mask typically made out of natural material, most often cotton. If practicality is impossible and when more effective synthetic masks aren’t readily available, natural cloth face masks can be worn as well. Some plastic facial treatments have come down in recent years, making it possible for plastic face masks made out of polyurethane to be worn. These are often better suited for allergy sufferers who may not be able to break or wash a typical cloth mask.
Face masks are often made with three to five layers of fabric. The first layer is the base, which can be padded to help block irritants and moisture. The second layer is called the barrier, which is typically made out of thin strips of fabric sewn into the face mask. The third and outermost layer of fabric, which is sometimes called a layer of padding, resembles a face pillow and helps to soften the skin and absorb extra moisture, but does not provide a barrier for allergens and contaminants.
Some people with very sensitive skin may want to look into face masks that have been developed specifically for those with allergies and breathing problems, such as a nebulizer, which is used to help breathe allergies and other irritants out of the air. With special algorithms, the nebulizer works to vaporize asthma and allergic reactions from the air instead of blowing them around the user’s face. While a number of other allergy sufferers wash their hands with soap and water prior to touching anything that may cause an allergic reaction, those with sensitive skin may not want to do that. Instead, they may want to look into the benefits of a nebulizer for their allergy problems.
If you’re concerned about public health issues, there are some options available that are considered “off the shelf” for public health concerns. While these products are not usually designed to help with allergies and breathing problems, they are available if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on allergy prevention and public health measures. One of these options is the n95 respirators, which are available in disposable form. These respiratory protection products have a hardy history of helping those with allergies feel better while they avoid contact with irritants. The n95 respirators are the most common type of face masks that are used for this purpose.
Ear loops, which are helpful for those who have allergies or breathing difficulties, can also be washed in an ordinary washing machine. Simply put the ear loops inside of the mask, rinse the ear loops with water and then lay the mask over your ear and shake it until the ear loops are completely clean. Once the ear loops are clean, place them inside of the mask to enjoy your new allergy protection or to wash in the sink when your allergy symptoms go away.