A face mask, sometimes called a facial scrub, is a small cloth-covered mask worn around the nose and mouth, designed to clean and whiten the skin. If possible, natural cloth masks are used, since synthetic cloth masks have poor hygiene benefits and can irritate the skin. The face mask must fit tightly to avoid dropping or shifting under the chin, and should be thoroughly cleaned after each use. Cleaning masks should be used at least twice daily, although some people use them daily for optimum results.
Surgical Masks is used only in serious infections, or when the affected area must be immobilized for safety. A surgical mask is usually a sterile plastic sheet that is inserted into the nose and mouth, with airways and mouth edges sealed so as not to allow the release of airborne bacteria. While effective at containing infectious material, these masks are also uncomfortable and can be difficult to breathe through, due to air pressure created by the plastic covering the nose and mouth. While some surgical masks are now available with an open design that allows the patient to breathe through the nose while the mask is in place, most medical practitioners continue to recommend the use of one’s own mask until a patient can safely and comfortably use an oral irrigator.
In addition to the use of a face mask or surgical mask, a hand sanitizer is also essential in removing debris and bacteria from the nose and mouth. Many health professionals recommend the use of a hand sanitizer every time the patient goes to bed, as well as before touching any part of the face. These sanitizers may be specially formulated for use in the eyes, or they may be general hand cleaners that address the general skin problems associated with all parts of the face. Hand sanitizers are available in many forms and are easy to obtain, even without a prescription, since they are available over the counter at pharmacies and many mass market drugstores.
The use of a face mask or a hand sanitizer will help to limit the number of germs that enter the nose and mouth. Of course, it is not enough to simply limit the entry of germs. The nose and mouth must be kept clean and infection free throughout the patient’s entire recovery period. Unfortunately, many people fail to take note that although they wash their hands several times per day, they fail to remember to disinfect themselves after they touch potentially contaminated objects, such as hand rails, wall grouts, ceiling tiles and flooring, which can contain bacteria and other germs.
The different materials that are used in the construction of a face mask or hand sanitizer allow a variety of options in terms of how and where the product is worn. One option is to wear disposable or pre-fabricated fabrics over the top of regular hand washing fabrics. Another popular option is to layer disposable fabrics on top of regular washable fabrics, such as shirts and pants. However, the most commonly chosen materials for this purpose are clean and breathable fabrics like cotton, polyester, spandex and vinyl. These fabrics allow air to freely flow through them and do not trap moisture, which allows for easy removal of microbes from the skin surface and from the wearer’s clothing, after they have been worn for several hours without washing.
In addition to using products to limit the spread of infectious diseases, we also need to consider ways to prevent the transmission of invasive bacteria and other germs while at the same time showing symptoms of these ailments. Unfortunately, there are currently no known methods for preventing the transmission or spreading of viruses among healthcare workers. However, practicing good hygiene practices and being aware of one’s surroundings is an excellent strategy for limiting the spread of any illness. It is important that everyone practice common sense and be aware of the places and things around them that may serve as potential breeding grounds for disease. Educating ourselves about the potential dangers of everyday items is a simple and yet powerful way to cut down on the risks of contracting a disease.