A face mask, sometimes called a cpap mask, is a protective mask usually made from synthetic textiles, most often cotton, worn on the face over the nose and mouth. If physical distancing is not possible, and if other more efficient masks are unavailable, cloth face masks provide an inexpensive, easy-to-use, comfortable, and unobtrusive solution to sleep apnea breathing problems. A variety of fabrics and construction methods are available to meet patient needs. Available in both disposable and reusable varieties, face masks can be custom fit to the patient’s exact face measurements.
Face masks can help prevent the formation of facial sweating by suffocating the airways during sleep. Wearing a face mask will help prevent the evaporation of sweat and mucus from the scalp, beard, or neck. Excess secretion of mucus by the linings of the nasal cavity can be a cause of uncomplicated respiratory tract infection. Placing a face mask over the nose and mouth will help prevent the escape of these bacteria, which is often associated with serious eye infections, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and colds.
Face masking is also beneficial in other situations where the airway may be blocked, such as the case of a cold. As a rule, a face mask should be worn for at least 60 minutes at a time, though some models may recommend that it be worn continuously for up to two hours. A face mask helps prevent the formation of a greenish yellow color, often referred to as a post-nasal drip, which generally occurs in people who suffer from a cold or an allergy that causes facial swelling. Post nasal drip is sometimes accompanied by post-nasal drip, which may produce a stinging sensation when the patient moves his or her face while breathing.
Another application that makes use of a cloth mask is the soother, which has the same basic principle as the cloth mask. But, unlike cloth masks, which are applied only over the nose and mouth, the soother is applied over the cheeks, forehead, and the bridge of the nose, for full facial coverage. The soother has two sides: one side is a closed mesh pouch that holds a saline solution, while the other side is open mesh. The solution dries on the surface of the skin, while the wearer moves his or her face through the soother. This type of application is most commonly used to treat sinus and ear infections.
In addition to its application to the nose and mouth, a cloth face mask can be worn to cover the eyes, for full facial coverage, and in some cases, to control excessive sweating. In many instances, surgical face masks are worn to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, bags under the eyes, and excessive sweating. Surgical face masks are normally worn only during surgical procedures. For non-surgical applications, a face mask may be worn to cover the eyes or forehead for protection, but no other portion of the face is affected. Face masks can be worn by individuals who are allergic to artificial cosmetic products, since the materials are generally composed of natural materials.
A face mask can also be worn to help prevent headaches and other symptoms common to people who wear contact lenses. The mask can be worn from six feet and upwards, although many patients wear a smaller face mask for nighttime protection. For adults, who sometimes feel self-conscious because they cannot always reach their noses and mouths, a face mask provides an easy way to remain comfortable while still performing daily activities.