Troubleshooting guide for procedural masks
Have you encountered a problem? We can guide you to the solution.
|Fog on your glasses||A mask not fitted enough, even with the nasal bridge molded around the nose.||Consider these tips: 1- Wash your glasses with soap. 2- Wear the glasses on the mask. 3- Layer the mask with a cotton mask that is more fitted to the face.
If that doesn't work, try masks with anti-fog foam or N95 respirators which are designed to provide a better seal.
|Warmth and breathability||Medical masks filter a lot and are not very breathable as a result.||
Depending on the task and your risk of being exposed, you may be able to use a lower level mask.
It is not recommended to exercise with a mask.
Dispose of a humid mask and put on a new one.
|Gaps on the sides||
Mask too large
Never criss-cross the ear loops.
Tie a knot in the ear loop at the back of the ear so that the loop is smaller and tighter.
Consider using a mask fitter or brace to make the mask fit snugly on the face.
|Mask does not cover your chin / beard||Mask too small||
Try a mask with larger dimensions.
Facial hair growth can interfere with the effectiveness of masks. For the N95, see the styles recommended by the CDC.
|Sore ears||Mask too tight||
Consider this trick: Thread a lace through the ear loops and tie it behind your head.
Try surgical masks that attach to the back of the head.
See skin irritations below.
|Rashes and Skin Irritations||Masks can trap oils, irritants and allergens against the skin||
Change your mask frequently. Avoid wearing makeup under the mask.
Consider hydrating your skin before wearing the mask.
A 1% hydrocortisone cream may give you relief. Contact a dermatologist.
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