A cloth face mask, also known as a car mask, is a disposable mask worn over the nose and mouth, often in conjunction with nasal pillows. While more effective than bulky, heavy nasal pillows, it still has its disadvantages. Physical distancing from the mask itself may be difficult if not impossible; moreover, since it is disposable, it is vulnerable to having particles get stuck in the fabric, sometimes getting wedged in the crevices and causing discomfort and irritation. Even if more efficient masks are available, and even if physical distancing isn’t impossible, cloth face masks can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and difficult to keep clean. Here are some of the reasons why they’re losing their favor.
A good cpap mask, in spite of the name, doesn’t utilize two layers of materials. It uses only one layer of fabric, which is the face padding. A small pocket located at the edge of the fabric allows the air to pass through, keeping the patient comfortable. The cloth is usually made from synthetic fibers such as polyester and acrylic, although sometimes vinyl is used, as well. Some fabrics, such as those used in medical scrubs, can have either two layers of materials or three, while others tend to have one or two layers of polyester and acrylic and one of cotton.
Because the face mask utilizes only one layer of material, it is very lightweight, but not as resistant as its plastic or foam counterparts. Moreover, it tends to shrink after repeated use, so that the patient must replace it after a month or so. Some users even complain of its irritating smell. Cotton is often the most common fabric used in a cat face mask, although a few of them may use either polyester or cotton blend.
Another disadvantage of the cloth CPAP face mask is that it leaves unsightly, white lines in the area where the mouth and nose meet the mask. The effect is the same as having an open mouth, so it can also be called a ‘bad fit’. Some patients are afraid of these white marks, which they explain as being like the moles that grow on their body. To combat this, some cloth CPAP machines include an oral irrigator, which sprays water into the mouth to keep it moist and prevent the formation of any skin tumors.
The nose mask, or nasal pillow, is placed over the mouthpiece and nose in the case of a nose mask. The two are then fastened together by plastic ties, which help keep them in place and also prevent them from slipping off when the wearer tries to cough or breathe. CPAP machines with nosepieces need only be used for a single cycle, whereas the entire face mask has to be worn for several hours every day. Since the nose mask requires the seal of the mouth, which cannot be changed unless the machine is changed, the whole face mask has to be washed thoroughly after each use.
Wearing face masks can cause several uncomfortable side effects, especially if the face mask has a poor fit. Since face masks only cover the upper half of the face, faces that are frequently covered by face masks may sweat more. This excessive sweating can have several health implications, one of the more severe being asthma. Some medical studies have shown that excessive sweating caused by face masks can also contribute to the spread of germs, because sweat is more easily transmitted when there is a lot of dirt and grime on the skin.