The Different Types Of Face Mask
Face masks have been around for thousands of years. They have become more common in countries where the weather does not allow for traditional facemasks such as the South Asian countries. Face masks are usually used by doctors and medical professionals to apply or clean the skin and reduce redness, itchiness, and/or swelling of the face. They can be used also to control the airway through out the day to reduce congestion, which makes them ideal for use during cold seasons. Face masks may also be used by athletes to reduce discomfort and swelling associated with strained muscles and joints.
A cloth face mask, otherwise known as a facial mask, is usually a paper-based mask, usually cotton, placed over the nose and mouth. When physical distancing is not possible, and when more economical facemasks are not readily available, cloth face masks may be used instead. Cloth masks provide some of the best social distancing available. Face cloths can be easily cleaned and maintained with products found at most local supermarkets and drug stores.
Some masks provide general application and protection, while others are meant for specific uses. For example, pandemic masks often contain a yellow tinge to ward off various types of flu. Red face masks are used during times of the season when outbreaks of the common cold are common. A pandemic mask will contain an aerosol with a small amount of the disease to help spread the disease to those who can then catch it.
Sealed exhalation valves are a form of face mask used during cold and flu seasons. These valve masks are either placed over the nose or worn underneath the chin. Exhalation valves close to the nose help to regulate your breathing. In order to wear the valve mask, you must remove your lips. This provides for better regulation of your breathing at any time. Sealed exhalation valves are usually made of vinyl, but breathable plastic versions are also available.
Another type of face mask used in hospitals, clinics, and general public is the cotton-based powder face mask. Cotton cloth masks are generally used by the elderly and children as well as people with chronic sinusitis. A cotton cloth mask allows for easy removal of the mask and replacement should it become torn, dirty or worn down. The material is very comfortable to wear and can be easily cleaned using soap and water. Cotton cloth masks do not provide effective air purification and can easily cause allergic reactions.
The last type of face mask are the nasal breathing masks. Nasal breathing masks are placed in or on the nose, allowing you to breathe through your nose rather than your mouth. A nasal breathing mask can either be custom fit to your size or come with a pre-made fit. This type of mask is very effective at preventing dust and other airborne particles from entering your nose and throat. However, because they cannot trap allergens, people around the user may experience some slight discomfort from using them.