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Side Effects of Wearing Face Masks

Your face mask is working double duty to protect everyone: It keeps you from spreading your germs and can stop other germs from getting into you.

However, if used thoughtlessly, the masks can also cause unwanted side effects.

Negative Effects Of Face Mask

1. Difficult in breathing 

Face masks make breathing more difficult especially for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as asthma and bronchitis, which causes a decreased air flow.

Also, a fraction of carbon dioxide previously exhaled is inhaled at each respiratory cycle.

In effect, the wearer inhales her or his own exhaled air. Inhaling carbon dioxide causes rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, clumsiness, emotional upsets and fatigue.

Basically, those two phenomena increase breathing frequency and deepness, hence increasing the amount of inhaled and exhaled air, according to medical experts.

2. Sight discomfort 

When one wears a mask, the easiest escape route for exhaled air is upward towards the eyes.

This air goes into the eyes, generating an uncomfortable feeling and an impulse to touch your eyes.

If your hands are contaminated, you are infecting yourself, This requires you to remain conscious all the time and try to resist the temptation to touch your face.

3. Decreased immune system  

There are studies indicating that low oxygen levels in the tissues (hypoxia) can suppress some aspects of the immune response.

Fairly, it can also induce and accentuate other important functions of the immune cells.

Scientific investigations have proven that a prolonged denial of enough oxygen in your body can cripple the ability of your immune system to tackle infections.

4. Cost burden 

Masks have now become an added daily cost that very few people can handle especially if you are to opt for an NK95 mask, which is the one recommended.

This is not an easy call for many. Chances are, people risk reusing same masks, except for those who opt for reusable ones.

On a national scale, the mask will definitely affect disposable income and disrupt economic dimensions. There are times of when one has to choose between a meal and a mask.

5. Skin rashes, allergies 

It is said that masks, depending on the materials used, may cause allergies, itchiness, and redness on the skin.

Over time, custom cloth masks eventually accumulate sweat, makeup and beauty products, automotive exhaust, pollen, and any particles floating in the air.

Indeed, like it or not, with COVID-19 life has taken a different dimension. Short term or long term, life will never be the same.


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