A face mask, commonly called a mucus face mask, is a thick, porous mask typically made from common fabrics, such as cotton or polyester, worn over either the nose and mouth or over the cheeks. Masks can come in a variety of materials, including plastic, vinyl, or cloth. If physical distancing is impeded, or if other medical aids to breathing are impossible, cloth face masks can be used instead. Masks can also be used during cold therapy to clear congestion from the sinuses and mouth. A patient inhales through one nostril, while exhaling through the other. The face mask acts as a filter to remove any particles that could enter the lungs.
Because face masks can be worn by patients and staff members simultaneously, the masks can be extremely helpful for teaching proper breathing techniques. Because these masks can be worn without anyone knowing, they provide a way to evaluate the effectiveness of mouth-to-mouth techniques. The most common method used by medical staff to teach proper breathing using a mouth-to-mouth technique involves using a nasal cannula or a small tube to inflate a balloon-like mask and place it over the nose, which is then held between the cheek and the upper lip. The mask is held in place with clamps or Velcro straps.
The benefits of a face mask include the ability to prevent or control asthma attacks in patients who have problems with airway tightness. Masks that prevent or control asthma attacks are typically recommended by physicians for patients who may have an asthma allergy to certain forms of air pollutants or animals, such as dust or pollen. A surgical mask, similar to a surgical mask, can prevent or control mucus build-up that can result from severe post nasal drip and sinusitis. Masks are also recommended for patients who frequently suffer from post nasal drip because they can help decrease the occurrence of this condition.
A face mask called a nose net, which is made of translucent or non-transparent materials, can be used to prevent and reduce the appearance of bumps and “cavities” on the nose bridge. These devices are often used by plastic surgeons to help reshape the nose. A nose net is often used to hold scars, alignments, or other abnormalities on the nose, which are difficult if not impossible to surgically correct.
Face masks can be made from many different materials, including surgical grade silicone or neoprene, vinyl, and gauze. While vinyl and neoprene are typically made to be disposable, bulky cloth masks made from tightly woven cotton fabric (such as face masks made from burlap or spandex) are typically worn daily as a preventative measure against irritants and bacteria that can cause adverse health reactions. Cotton cloth masks are also great for their breathable feature, which allows air to circulate around the head while providing adequate air ventilation. In addition, cotton cloth masks are very comfortable to wear, and they will make the wearer feel better about the look of their face.
If you suffer from chronic or seasonal allergies, face masks help to prevent dust, pollen, dirt, and other particles from entering your nose and respiratory system. Cleaning the nasal passageway with a facial steamer is another way that face masks help to keep allergies under control. While many people experience allergic reactions from allergens such as dust and pollen, sometimes these reactions are more severe than would be expected. Using specialized filters for these allergy triggers can alleviate these symptoms. While there is no perfect treatment for allergies, regular cleansing and use of face masks (as well as other air filtration devices) can greatly reduce and potentially prevent them.