A cloth face mask, also known as a car mask, is a thick mask worn over either the nose and mouth or over the cheeks. While more effective traditional masks are still not available, if physical distancing isn’t possible, and you don’t mind a few uncomfortable sores, cloth face masks are an option. The use of this type of mask has increased dramatically in recent years because it is so easy and convenient to use. Usually all you need to do is rip off the mask as needed. Some cloth masks have straps that allow for easy strap changes during the night. They can also be used on their own, without the help of a doctor or someone else sleeping with you.
Another advantage of using a face mask in addition to traditional CPAP machines is that masks can often be custom-made with customized logos, images or graphics of your choice. This is especially true for nose and mouth masks, which many times are difficult to procure on our own. Machines can also have air purifying capabilities. These can come in handy if your sleep apnea includes some serious snoring, as some types of air purifiers are ineffective against these types of conditions.
Although there aren’t any side effects associated with using a face mask as compared to using traditional CPAP devices, there are safety considerations you should be aware of. In particular, if you are using a face mask in a cold environment where the temperature outside is close to what you would typically experience in the winter, wearing a mask can increase your risk of hypothermia. If you are using a cpap machine during the summer months, you may experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if the machine isn’t properly maintained. It’s important to be sure to take your machine back in if you experience these problems.
If you decide to make your own face mask, it’s important to remember that homemade masks can be very risky. Not only are there the potential side effects, but they can also be messy. There is also the possibility of damaging the tubing that carries the air through your nasal passages, which can lead to respiratory failure. If you attempt to use an old towel or plastic bag, you run the risk of infection from bacteria and other particles. The safest bet is to purchase an eco-friendly face mask instead.
One advantage to making your own face mask is the ability to customize it to fit your head. CPAP machines only work effectively if they are able to breathe through the nose. In order to combat this issue, you may want to consider an adjustable fit or a nasal strip. Surgical masks work well only if they are able to trap and contain large-particle droplets. Since most surgical masks use rigid gas-form tubing, it may be difficult to get the droplets to move out without damaging the rigid tubing.
The easiest way to combat the problems associated with large particles is to make your own face mask from scratch. You will need an air compressor, a small hand held airbrush, a large-particle filter like a Nalgene, a wide-mouth plastic straw and a tightly woven cotton fabrics mask. First, preheat the air compressor so that it is ready for the task ahead of you. Next, attach the airbrush to the air compressor’s nozzle and apply a generous amount of the airbrush’s solution to the large-particle filter. Then, carefully place the pre-fit filter inside the pre-made airway and slowly blow air through the pre-made filter.