The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging everyone to wear face masks in public to help stop COVID-19. This virus is spreading mainly through respiratory droplets from infected individuals when they talk, cough, sneeze and breathe. Even if you don’t feel sick, you can still be an asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier.
Wearing a mask for long periods of time can cause discomfort. Here are some tricks to help you fix common face mask frustrations.
- Ear Pain and Sensitivity: When purchasing or making a mask, select natural materials such as cotton as they breathe easier and are less irritating. When placing the ear loops, try a high bun, sewing buttons onto a headband or glasses, or using a connector for behind your head.
- Headaches: Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration or caffeine withdrawal.
- Trouble Breathing: Take a moment to practice mindful breathing exercises. Slow your breathing and focus on your breath. If this doesn’t work, find a place to be alone and remove your mask for a few moments. If you do this, only handle your mask by the ear loops or straps. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and wash your hands immediately after.
- Foggy Glasses: Try washing your glasses with soap and water. You can also use an anti-fogging product. Additionally, check that your mask fits tighter at the top than the bottom.
- Breakouts: Wash your mask regularly, and gently wash your face Use a light moisturizer that is fragrance and oil free. Also, consider skipping your makeup routine if you’ll be wearing your mask.
In addition to wearing a mask when around those outside of your immediate household, you should also practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet between yourself and others. Be sure to wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap. You can use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
Even though wearing a face mask can be irritating, it is important that you do so at this time to keep others safe.
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