A woman experiencing a headache while wearing a face mask.
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How to Fix Common Face Mask Frustrations

Aug 4 2020

COVID-19 is spreading through the respiratory droplets of an infected person when they breathe, cough, sneeze or even talk. Wearing a face mask, in addition to practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene, can help prevent this virus from spreading.

Are you experiencing discomfort when wearing your mask throughout the day? We’ve got some tips to help you fix common face mask frustrations.

  • Ear Pain and Skin Sensitivity
    • Focus on natural materials, such as cotton, when purchasing or making your face masks.
    • Be creative with placing the ear loops – try a high bun, sew buttons onto a headband, or use a connector for behind your head.
  • Headaches
    • Set a timer to remind yourself to drink more water. This can prevent dehydration and caffeine withdrawal while limiting headaches.
  • Trouble Breathing
    • Practice mindful breathing exercises.
    • Find a place to be alone without your mask for a few moments. When removing 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.
  • Foggy Glasses
    • Wash your glasses with soapy water or an anti-fogging product.
    • Fit your mask so the top is tighter than the bottom.
  • Skin Breakouts
    • Wash cloth masks and your face daily.
    • Use a light moisturizer that is fragrance and oil free.
    • Consider not wearing makeup if you’ll be wearing your mask.

Even if you aren’t showing symptoms, you could still be a COVID-19 carrier. Wearing a mask can help prevent you from spreading the virus to those around you. You should wear a mask whenever you’re with individuals outside of your household, especially in places where it is hard to maintain social distancing.

While wearing a mask for long periods of time can cause some discomfort, it is still critical that you do so at this time to protect others.

Stay updated on what Mercy Health is doing related to COVID-19.

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