Face Mask – The Silent Killer
A surgical face mask, sometimes called a medical face mask, is designed to be worn by medical professionals during surgical procedures. Surgical masks are designed to prevent infections from spreading in medical staff and preventing accidental injuries to patients and treating staff by capturing airborne pathogens in droplets and mist from the mouth and nose of the wearer. Surgeons wear surgical masks to protect their faces during surgery, while medical staff use face masks to prevent contamination of work areas and to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Both professional groups feel that wearing these protective face shields reduces the risk of infection spreading through contact with infectious secretions, but no one can be sure. To help understand the risks and benefits of face mask usage during surgery, it is important to understand how these medical devices work.
To begin to understand the benefits of wearing a surgical mask during surgery, consider the typical scenario where a surgical patient is being operated on. The surgical room contains sterile equipment and disposable materials and is well lit. In order to have a clear, comfortable view of the patient the surgical team sets up a standard operating platform. Surgeons and other staff can then quickly move around the platform to observe any areas of concern for the patient. Throughout the operation, the face mask worn by the patient will prevent the surgeon and other team members from accidentally inhaling or transferring harmful particles to the face shield user.
An image of a small vial containing a single drop of virus can infect many human cells at once. It is this ability of the virus to divide that makes it dangerous. Once the virus has infected the cells it is very difficult to stop the virus from continuing to reproduce itself. It is also possible that the virus could be transmitted to the individual wearing the face mask. This would mean that the virus would continue to spread and cause a chain reaction of infections and possible death.
However, the benefits of wearing a face mask during surgery far outweigh the dangers. The average person would be unable to tell whether or not they had been infected with a potentially life-threatening virus, and would not be able to respond to medical treatment. However, the average person is very unlikely to become ill if they were not wearing a face mask, because everyone is at increased risk of becoming exposed to the bacteria and virus that cause corneal ulcers.
Corneal ulcers are caused when the inner layer of the eye becomes severely damaged as the eye develops tissue around the area of injury. The damaged tissue often leaks chemicals into the surrounding tissue, and this can cause serious pain and infection. A face mask protects the wearer from these bacteria and virus particles and ensures that no harmful bacteria is able to enter the eye. If the wearer was not wearing a face mask, the eyes would easily contract the bacteria and virus responsible for the ulcer and thus lead to an infection that would need to be treated with antibiotics.
An alternative to using a surgical mask is to use a Face Moisturizer, which reduces the amount of moisture produced by the body during the day. Face moisturizers are also used by patients who suffer from chronic facial dryness. For these people, an average moisturizer is adequate, but some moisturizers work better than others, depending on the moisture levels in the skin. There are a wide variety of anti-dryness products available today, and most contain both chemical and natural ingredients.