If you are allergic to things such as tree resin, epoxy paint, wax or you live in a place where the air is constantly contaminated with dust or pollen then a face mask is probably not for you. A face mask will protect your face from dust and pollens but it will not do much to protect your lungs. This is because most face masks have only a thin layer of latex that can only be penetrated by very fine particles. To avoid the risk of respiratory problems, try to make sure that you use latex free face masks.
Your nose is one of the most important parts of your body and it is your third lung. If you have a serious allergy to dust, pollen or tree resin, face masks will not protect your lungs at all. In fact they will make the problem worse by blocking your airways.
Latex face masks are not all the same and you should choose one carefully. The main difference between latex face masks and standard face masks is the thickness of the material used. Latex face masks are available in two different thicknesses. Thin latex face masks are available for children up to about three years old, while the thicker masks are best suited for adults.
The thicker latex face masks are designed to be worn comfortably and securely and will provide the wearer with complete protection against dust and pollutants. However, while it is more difficult to put on, a thick latex face mask can provide very good and complete protection against most airborne allergens. For some people it can be difficult to wear a face mask for extended periods of time, but for adults the thin latex masks will provide adequate protection for extended periods of time.
In addition to the face mask being easier to put on and remove than a regular face mask, it will provide you with full protection against smoke and fire even though it will still be uncomfortable to wear it for an extended period of time. It is also possible to get a face mask with straps that will keep the mask securely in place and help to keep it looking good.
It is quite easy to clean with a face mask and you don’t need to change the face mask regularly. Cleaning a face mask consists of using mild soap and water, gently washing it with a mild detergent and dry it with a soft cloth.
If you are a person with a chronic allergy to dust, pollen or tree resin you may be required to wear a face mask for high air quality and high levels of pollution. In these cases you may prefer a face mask with a lite latex face mask to an equivalent face mask with a thick latex layer.
The length of time you need to wear a face mask depends on the type of materials it is made from and the level of pollution in the environment. For example, a tight fitting face mask could be worn for an hour or so each day for a prolonged period of time, whereas a face mask with straps or no straps may be worn for a shorter period of time, up to about four hours at a time, for a brief period of time.