A face mask, sometimes called a cpap mask, is a protective mask typically made from soft, breathable fabric, such as cotton or polyester, worn over either the nose and mouth or the cheeks. When physical distancing isn’t possible, and if other, more elaborate masks aren’t readily available, a cloth face mask can provide an inexpensive, reliable alternative. The face mask should fit well and be comfortably held. Using incorrect fitting face masks can lead to nose and mouth discomfort or even injury.
Nasal CPAP Masks: Small particles of air or moisture can become trapped in the tiny holes and cracks of traditional nasal masks. When such small particles become impacted or wedged within the interior of a nasal mask, they can cause irritation and even result in the failure of the device. In addition, different people have different responses to them. Some patients may feel a tingling sensation, while others may feel a tickle or warmth. Although small particles of air may not be a health problem on their own, the combination of the blocked air and the tingling sensation can cause uncomfortable feelings and discomfort for the patient using the device.
Homemade Face Masks: An individual may be able to make a customized face mask by mixing materials obtained at a home improvement store. A mixture of glue and bonding agents can create a soft, reusable mask that can reduce transmission of allergic reactions and increase patient comfort. However, it can take some practice to be able to create a simple, effective pre-symptomatic treatment plan.
Silicone Gel Flasks: An individual can make a silicone ball from old food cans, old bottles or from empty baby food containers. Using a silicone ball suffocates the membranes of the face mask and allows air to pass through unobstructed. Although these are simple to make, they do not provide protection against allergic transmission. They are best suited for individuals who want to reduce transmission of allergic reactions but do not want to use a face mask. For example, using a face mask to prevent post-nasal drip might be acceptable if the source of the drip is a small amount of food or other small particles. In contrast, individuals using face masks to prevent transmission of infections or irritations should choose a different solution.
Filtration Methods: Respiratory devices that attach directly to the face can filter out larger particles, such as dust, mites, pollen, smoke and other allergens. N95 Respirators and Medical Vinyl facial masks are examples of this type of respiratory device. N95 respirators are available in disposable form or with washable liners. The disposable types are inexpensive and disposable masks are suitable for use under a medical professional’s supervision. Medical vinyl or disposable masks are approved for use under the direction of a physician.
A close relative of the flavivirus named Coccidioides immitis is the causative agent for severe Coccidioidomycosis. Its spores are released through the nose and mouth when the virus enters the body. It is generally transmitted during crowded, unclean conditions such as healthcare facilities. A person with Coccidioides immitis may experience flu-like symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes and conjunctivitis. There is a high risk of serious complications if the disease is not diagnosed early.