What is a Face Mask?
A medical mask, also called a face mask, is designed primarily to be worn only by health care professionals while performing medical treatments on patients. It is designed primarily to prevent infections in nurses and treating staff by capturing the bacteria shed from the nose and mouth of the wearer and preventing fluid droplets from dripping from the mouth and nostrils of the wearer. For patients, it prevents nasal discharge, and for treating staff, it can prevent the spread of germs from one patient to another. Most of these masks come in disposable and are disposable at the most basic level: they are disposable when they’re removed.
There are many types of face masks. One type is the cotton mask. This is a disposable face mask that is meant for use at home, in hospitals, or in nursing homes. It has a removable plastic nose cover that can be reused. This mask is made up of thick cotton with a plastic liner that makes it difficult for patients to breathe in.
Latex-free masks are usually not disposable. They have a thick rubber liner that keeps the patient from breathing in and provides protection from viruses, bacteria, and other airborne pathogens. These masks have a long-lasting disposable liner that is easily removed to replace an old one. Latex-free masks are often used in high-risk environments. Some of these masks, however, are made out of vinyl. They’re generally more expensive than other types of face masks, and there is a significant chance that the disposable lining may break during use. These masks usually have a removable liner, which is very easy to replace.
Face masks have different styles and designs. Some are made to fit tightly against the face so that air can circulate. Others are designed in such a way that the air can flow through but the mask does not cling to the face. There are also masks that have a rigid face area in order to hold in the oxygen and provide better drainage of the patient’s air, while those that allow the air to escape through a thin mask.
Face masks can also be designed for specific purposes. Some are used for patients who cannot breathe at all because of respiratory problems such as asthma or COPD.
Some face masks have additional functions besides keeping the face safe from infections. They can reduce redness and itching and dryness and act as sun block for those with sensitive skin. Some even help protect against the effects of radiation therapy for cancer treatments.