Yes, wearing a mask can be inconvenient or frustrating, especially if you are not using it. Those who wear glasses, are concerned about being able to breathe properly, or who wear masks for extended periods of time face particular challenges.
But health workers, who have long used face masks as part of their everyday work, have developed a number of useful workarounds that we would like to share.
How do I stop fogging my glasses?
For people with glasses, wearing a mask can cause their lens fogging, reducing their vision. As you exhale, your warm breath exits over the mask. When it collides with a cold lens, it cools, creating condensation or fogging.
Removing your glasses to clean them and put them back on again is an infection risk. Therefore preventing or reducing fogging is prominent. here are some tips:
1. soap and water – Wash your glasses with soap and water (such as regular washing liquid), then dry them with a microfiber cloth. This type of cloth usually comes free with each pair of glasses. You can also buy cheap microfiber cloths from most optometrists. It can leave lint in the facial tissues, which attracts moisture to the lens. Soap reduces surface tension, preventing fog from sticking to the lens.
2. shaving foam – Apply a thin layer of shaving cream to the inside of your glasses, then wipe gently. Residual shaving cream will protect the lens from haze.
3. D-mist spray – You can use a commercial de-misting spray that dries clear. But make sure it is compatible with your lens type or the existing coatings on your lens. You can buy a demisting spray online or from your optometrist.
4. Close the gap on the surgical mask – Mold your face into the bridge of the nose on top of the surgical mask to allow hot moist air to the glasses.
5. Twist Tie and Pipe Cleaner – If you make your cloth mask, put a twist tie (with a loaf of bread) or pipe cleaner in the top seam of your homemade mask and mold your nose for the same effect.
6. tape – Some health professionals apply a strip of tape specifically designed for use on the top edge of the mask on the skin to close the gap. You can buy a roll online or at a pharmacy.
7. Moist Tissue – Moistening a tissue slightly, folding it and placing it under the top edge of the mask also does the trick.
Fogging glasses with masks? Get a roll of micropro tape – $ 2 at any chemist. Apply mask with the bridge of your nose and cheeks. Then up glasses. Another way is to have a folded tissue placed across the bridge of your nose. Prolonged surgical tricks. Cannot work with fogged lenses. pic.twitter.com/DqlnOw40fm
– Dr. Julie Miller (@DrJulieAMiller) 19 July 2020
8. Nylon Stocking – Victoria’s Health Department says that you can apply a layer of nylon stocking on top of the face mask to get a snoo fit across the cheeks and nose bridge.
Sadly, there is no magic trick, such as putting on a mask or glasses first that will prevent fogging. The best way to improve the fit around the nose and cheeks.
I am worried about wearing masks. What can i do
Applying on a mask can make you feel anxious or have difficulty breathing normally, especially if you are new to wearing masks.
Fortunately, the World Health Organization and others say there is no evidence that a face mask will either cause a drop in blood oxygen or an increase in blood carbon dioxide levels for normal everyday activities.
If you feel anxious about wearing a mask, here are some tips:
9. Practice at home – Make a habit of wearing a mask for a few minutes before leaving home. Slow down your breathing, breathe slowly, inhale and exhale for a long time, focusing on the fact that air is getting to your lungs, and out safely again.
10. Try Another Mask – If you still feel it is difficult to breathe, try a different mask, use a commercially available design, or use different materials in your next home mask project.
What can I do to stop hurting my ears?
Once you apply a face mask for several hours, you may notice discomfort around the ears as the ends of the ear can damage the skin. Here’s what you can do:
11. Wear a headband with buttons … – One way to do this is to wear a headband with two buttons. Sew the buttons so that they sit behind the ears. Instead of applying the mask around your ears, loop it around the button. This puts pressure on the skin, increases comfort and helps you maintain the mask for longer.
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12.… or a paper clip – Uncover two paper clips and wrap them around a headband, again placing them behind the ear. Release enough paperclip to hook above your ears, then press the loop at the bottom.
13. 3D Printing – Freely available 3D printer templates allow you to print your own ear shield.
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It may take some effort to get into the habit of wearing a mask. But with a little trial and error, your glasses should remain free of fog, make your ears comfortable and reduce any worries about wearing masks.
Wearing masks in public is another thing that we can do to help protect ourselves and the community, along with social and social hygiene.
Craig Lockwood, Associate Professor of Implementation Sciences, University of Adelaide and Zoe Jordan, Executive Director, JBI, University of Adelaide.
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