Using a Face Mask to Treat a Cold Sore
Face masks have been around for thousands of years. The first ones were used to keep dirt and grime from the face. Face masks were often used during the hot seasons in Egypt and other hot climates. They were also used to keep the skin cool during cold seasons in the Middle East and Africa. Face masks can come in a variety of materials such as cotton or Terry cloth, a plastic tube or a cloth face mask. The face mask could be a sheet impenetrable barrier or just a soft face mask with a slip resistance.
Cloth face coverings are a disposable mask designed specifically for the patient’s mouth. Usually, when nonporous cloths are not available and if physical distancing is not possible, a plastic tube is used. To prevent the spread of infection, gloves are worn to prevent accidental contact with infected droplets. Face coverings are used mostly during healthcare events such as the delivery of the child, or during immunizations or administering medications to patients. The face coverings are removed by the caregiver before proceeding with the procedure.
An infant wearing a non-pository NPN or nasal polyps shield is at a higher risk of acquiring a serious or life-threatening condition such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other infections due to virus exposure. The infant is at risk of contracting Sudden Infant Death Syndrome if he or she breathes or moves their head too soon after the baby is born. Babies that wear a face mask and gasp for air before removing the device are at higher risk of contracting infections and other respiratory complications. If an infant is not wearing a face shield when a sudden illness or death occurs, they are at higher risk of exposure to viruses, bacteria and fungi.
When people around them are sneezing or coughing, they should remove their face masks and clear their nasal passages to avoid spreading the infection. Clean your hands frequently and wash rags or towels in hot water to remove any germs. Make sure children do not play in pools with adults unless they have had a swimming lesson and are wearing a face mask. The same goes for people around pets.
A common misconception is to believe that people wearing full-face masks are more contagious than those who are not wearing masks. It is true that some viruses can be transmitted from people who are not wearing masks. For example, a person with the herpes virus can transfer the virus to another individual by breaking the skin to insert a scratch or bite into their open cuts. However, people with lice do not need to wear a face mask in order to keep from spreading lice. Full bodied masks will only trap the hair in the hair loop or in the nostrils, preventing them from going anywhere else. This also keeps dust mites, bacteria, and other microscopic organisms from spreading inside the nose or ear loops.
There is one exception to using a face mask in order to prevent spreading of cold sores, though. In this case, the infected individual may still be able to spread the virus to others by sneezing, as the virus spreads through the air when a person sneezes. The best way to deal with cold sores caused by this is by going to an appointment with a doctor. If there is really no serious health threat, a person could try to use an ice pack on the blistered areas in order to reduce swelling and relieve pain.