An emergency medical mask, also commonly known as an epinephrine facial mask is designed for doctors and other health professionals during medical procedures. It’s designed to prevent infections from spreading in patients and other treating staff by capturing germs shed by the wearer’s nose and mouth and using them as antibiotics. Epi-pens are often used as well. Epinephrine can be bought over the counter or in some cases may be required to be prescribed by your doctor. However, an emergency mask does not need to be filled with epinephrine and it doesn’t need a prescription to be purchased.
Emergency masks are designed to keep your airway clear. They come in either rigid and flexible configurations, or open and closed designs. The type you use depends on your needs for getting oxygen to all of your extremities.
For those suffering from an emergency, such as a heart attack, a flexible design may be best to allow for easier breathing, but it’s also best to have the least amount of restriction possible. In some emergency situations, the rigid design may not be required. It’s important that you wear the correct mask for your situation, as they’re different in design and purpose.
For example, people who have asthma may benefit from airway protection, especially when they breathe in a tight, enclosed environment. They will also be better able to protect their respiratory system from harmful particles that could become lodged in their airways while they’re in a tight area, such as a car crash or flying airplane. The rigid design provides maximum protection when you’re breathing in an open area, such as outside on a sunny day or in a crowded subway. However, the flexible design can provide some level of protection even in these circumstances.
If you have an allergic reaction to dust, you’ll find that certain types of masks help reduce the amount of time you have to put on and take off the mask. This may be necessary if you work outdoors. For example, if you have a dusty office where you clean office equipment, you’ll find that an air purifier may be necessary. These are available in a variety of styles and are often very cost effective. You can buy a portable purifier and bring it along with you on your job. When your workplace becomes dusty, simply unplug the unit and you’re ready to go.
Air purifiers come in many forms including humidifiers, dry air filters and sprays, HEPA filters, and humidifiers, and dehumidifiers. Air filters and sprays have a filter that traps dust and dirt that gets into the air. Your doctor can recommend one suitable for your particular situation, depending on what’s causing your allergies. HEPA filters don’t require a prescription and they trap particles that are harmful to your lungs. Heaters are also available to get rid of airborne particles, but the amount of moisture in your air can also be a factor in the effectiveness of these.