A face mask, sometimes called a snorkel mask, is a thin, closed mask generally made of synthetic cloth, most often cotton, worn around the nose and mouth. While face masks may seem like a mundane medical device, they are actually an essential part of emergency first aid. Because a normal-size person cannot easily breathe through his or her mouth (especially when airway obstruction is present), immediate emergency assistance is required. If possible, a person should be airlifted to a hospital for medical treatment, but if not, a face mask can provide much needed assistance until he or she can receive adequate medical care.
To begin, remove the mask except for the face mask itself. If possible, open the mouth wide so that at least 20 seconds of free space exists where oxygen can be sucked into the lungs. Once free of the mask, touch the nose near the ridge of the forehead with the underside of the hand. With gentle pressure, pull the chin up to expose the upper teeth. Gently pull the lower teeth upwards, continuing the downward stroke to the lips and then the gums.
While it may seem counterintuitive to use the nose to breathe, the nose is the natural way to breathe in most human beings. By using the nose to breathe, there is less social distancing that could occur if the face remained closed. After opening the mouth widely, hold it open for a few seconds, then close it again. Repeat this procedure as necessary until you no longer feel uncomfortable.
After breathing in, the next step is to insert a thumb from the side of your face into the ducts, which are located behind each ear. Since this process will take at least 20 seconds, it is important not to move the mask during this time. In fact, it would be better if you did not even remove the face mask during this time. The objective is to keep the mask inside the ducts without any disruption to the wearer’s breathing.
Finally, put on the face mask. Do not breathe in and out with the mask on; it can cause suffocation. Instead, take a deep breath with the cdc held in one hand and hold onto the fabric with the other.
Allergies aside, it has been found that face masks can significantly reduce or even eliminate colds. The reduction of symptoms associated with allergies is one of the main reasons people wear masks. In addition, face masks can help to prevent and reduce other potential symptoms, such as sneezing and runny and stuffy noses. If you suffer from allergies, or have recently been diagnosed, you should consult your physician before wearing any type of nasal irrigation device. However, there are many other indications for which face masks are appropriate, such as post-nasal drip, rhinitis (a stuffy nose), sinus infection and more.