A face mask, or a medical face mask as it is commonly known, is designed to be worn by doctors during medical procedures. They are designed to prevent air-borne bacteria from escaping and infecting patients and other treating staff. This type of mask can be used by people for several reasons; to keep their mouth dry when coughing, to keep their mouth clean, and to help prevent irritations to the throat and nose as well.
Face masks come in various shapes and sizes with different types of protective material. Some face masks are made up of cotton fabric or some type of silicone or even silicone gel. Other types include the plastic nasal piece, which is worn on the outside of the nose.
It is not recommended that one wears a face mask while at the dentist, hospital or any other medical facility as they are not sterilized, thus not preventing airborne germs from getting into the patient’s mouth. It is also important to make sure that the face mask is removed after each visit and that the patient does not have contact with the face mask material or the mask itself for a couple of hours or more to avoid possible contamination of the skin and eyes. The reason for this is simple; bacteria has been found to stay in some types of plastic or silicone and these materials will cause skin irritation and redness for anyone who has had contact with these materials or who uses them in their everyday lives.
Face masks can be used by people of any age. Children are usually advised not to wear face masks as adults may have an allergic reaction. Children, who have a tendency to develop allergic reactions, should not use facial masks as they could cause a reaction in their body and lead to more problems than the one that they are already experiencing.
Another reason for using a face mask is for people who have medical conditions such as asthma or allergies. These types of masks are designed to allow air flow through the mouth so that the air can circulate freely, and help to provide comfort to the breathing of the patient. Some masks come with a filter so that air is forced through the nose as well so that the patient does not breathe in the mucus or drool from their mouth, which is common with many patients suffering from these types of ailments.
Face masks are available for any purpose that you can think of. From the cosmetic benefit of helping to keep your mouth dry and bacteria free, to keeping your mouth and nasal cavities clean, from keeping your eyes clear and from avoiding unnecessary exposure to irritants, to being used as medical devices for patients with respiratory conditions, a face mask is an effective and useful tool in your medicine cabinet.