A face mask, sometimes called a cpap mask, is a thick, cloth face mask worn above the nose and mouth. While often available in disposable form, some cloth face masks come with adhesive strips that can be used to stick them onto the nose and mouth for a longer term. When physical distancing isn’t possible, and when other more effective masks aren’t available, cloth face masks remain an effective option.
The concept of the face mask originated from early Chinese and Japanese medical practices. They were worn as a prevention and treatment method for breathing problems. The concept was that the skin surrounding the nose should not be irritated by the object of the mask’s pressure, and the face should in fact look more youthful and fresh while wearing it. The face mask has evolved over time to become much more than just a treatment method for breathing. It has evolved into a fashion statement, and a tool for making your skin look younger and softer.
There are a number of different types of face masks, with varying levels of rigidness, coverage (thickness), and ease of removal. Some of the most common types of surgical masks are the open end reverse osmosis type, the Invisalign type, the air pillows type, and the disposable plastic types. Each of these different types of surgical masks provide slightly different levels of protection. However, all of these types of surgical masks provide one thing in common: they block or reduce the number of particles entering the nose through the nostrils.
An individual with a severe allergy to cigarette smoke can greatly benefit from the use of a surgical mask to protect their lungs. This type of mask, known as a non-surgical or comic mask, features a series of small holes located around the edge of the mask. These small holes are all sealed completely, preventing particles from entering the nostrils. One of the most commonly used types of face mask that blocks particles is the medical model known as a “nose protector”, which is a clear medical grade nose band that wraps around the entire outside of the patient’s nose to help keep debris and bacteria out.
Aside from medical use, military and tactical face masks have also become increasingly popular with special operations forces such as the US Army and US Marines. A Covid-19 face mask is used in conjunction with a gas mask and is designed to be worn in close proximity to the wearer’s face. The unique feature of this type of face mask (which is also sometimes referred to as a GPM or G-force mister) is that it is designed to inflate while at high pressure but deflate while low pressure. This prevents the wearer from choking on the inflation, preventing airway compromise and a host of serious health problems.
When choosing a face mask for everyday use, make sure that it will provide a sufficient level of protection against particles without becoming overly restrictive and constricting the wearer’s breathing pathway. If the face mask has an airtight seal, it will significantly reduce the amount of wind, rain, snow, and other moisture that can enter the nose and mouth. The benefits of a face mask serve as excellent preventative measures as well. A good air purifier or humidifier will reduce the effects of pollutants, moisture, and allergens, especially if the face mask has a built-in air filter.