We all experience some common symptoms and issues with masks, such as headaches, acne, and foggy glasses.
Face masks are essential in the COVID–19 Pandemic. Yet we admit it, wearing a face mask for long periods of time can cause discomfort. These tips should help fix common frustrations.
Headaches are caused by caffeine intake and dehydration caused by wearing a face mask for long periods. Drink more water, set reminders on your phone, this can help you prevent dehydration, and limit your caffeine intake.
- Trouble Breathing
Face masks may cause trouble breathing, as you might feel like your breath is shallow, rapid, or even holding your breath. If you notice any of these symptoms, Find an empty place, remove your mask, handle it only by the ear loops or straps. Don’t touch your mouth, nose, or eyes, and wash your hands immediately after and practice mindful breathing exercises by taking several deep breathes slowly and mindfully.
- Foggy Glasses
While wearing a mask, the warm air from your breath will naturally travel up and may settle as condensation on your lenses. Try these two tricks to help you through this, Wash your glasses with soapy water and anti-fogging products, and check the fit of your mask, make sure the top part of the mask is more fitted and secure than the bottom, which will allow respirations to flow downward rather than up.
- Skin Irritation
Wearing a mask daily could increase the buildup of oil, dirt, and bacteria in your pores which will cause acne and dryness. Reusable masks should be washed every day, Disposable ones should be thrown away after usage. Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser and use a moisturizer to help with the dryness. And consider not wearing foundation or makeup under your mask to prevent inflammation.
- Nose Dryness
You may experience Nose dryness as well, as face masks increase the heat beneath the mask, which in turn decreases the water carrying capacity of air in the nose resulting in the sensation of a dry nose! Use Nisita to moisten the nasal mucosa avoid discomfort, infections, and other implications.
- Ear Pain
Wearing a mask daily for long hours can lead to pain and irritation on the backs of your ears. Wear masks made from natural materials, such as cotton. Also, try placing the ear loops differently for your comfort.
Despite the discomfort caused by wearing a face mask, it is still critical that you do so at this time to protect yourself, loved ones, and others.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.