Wearing a mask when you have asthma can feel like you’re suffocating, so it’s no wonder you might question whether you can wear one or not.
We’ve all come to know what wearing a mask is like following the pandemic, but many still choose to wear a mask to protect themselves from a range of other factors.
If you have asthma, wearing a mask might not be the nicest experience, but can they make your asthma worse?
Can You Wear a Mask if You Have Asthma?
There is no evidence to suggest that wearing a mask can trigger your asthma symptoms or make your asthma worse, but it can be quite uncomfortable.
So, to answer the question, yes! You can wear a mask if you have asthma. In fact, wearing a mask can actually be beneficial to those who have asthma.
Asthma can be triggered by a variety of sources that could be breathed in. Exposure to some of these asthma triggers can be reduced if you wear a mask.
Some asthma triggers that can be prevented by masks include:
- Air pollutants or poor air quality
- Outdoor allergens like pollen
- Indoor allergens like dust and mould
- Respiratory infections like colds and flus
- Colder weather
Wearing a mask can protect asthma sufferers from these factors which may make their asthma worse.
Tips for Wearing a Mask if You Have Asthma
1. Wear a high filtration FFP2 mask
An FFP2 mask provides extra protection in higher-risk situations and often includes greater filtration.
The U-Mask Model 3 is a reusable FFP2 with an inner filter that includes a four-tiered Biolayer which offers an average of 99.96% bacterial and particle protection against the smallest fine particles, microorganisms and aerosols.
2. Choose comfort
Wearing a mask when you have asthma can cause distress. But if you want to make sure you’re protected at all times, wearing a mask could also help you to feel safe. When picking a mask, look for those that don’t compromise on comfort.
The U-Mask Model 3 has a nose clip to prevent it from sliding down. The innermost layer is crafted from soft non woven fabric and the cover is crafted from soft regenerated nylon, to ensure the greatest comfort and protection for as long as you need to wear it.
Wearing a mask that fits snugly will increase the level of protection you have, so finding the perfect fit is important. You can check what size U-Mask you need on the Pure Air Zone App. Once downloaded, click on the mask icon in the top right corner of the welcome screen, then follow the instructions.
3. Avoid exhalation valves or certain types of fabric
While you might find masks with exhalation valves help you breathe better while wearing a mask, they can allow droplets to get airborne, which could trigger your asthma, so it’s best to steer clear.
Likewise, some masks are crafted from materials that make it harder to breathe and don’t allow for any air to get to you at all, such as vinyl.
Your best option is a mask that offers amazing protection while remaining breathable.
4. Stick with it
Whether you’re wearing a mask while you’re travelling or you're outdoors on a walk, wearing a mask for long-periods can be tough.
The catch-22 is that taking it off could trigger your asthma. Nevertheless, if you’re super uncomfortable, try to leave it on for as long as you can and remove it for short periods to maintain as much protection as possible.
The Best Mask If You Have Asthma
As a reusable FFP2 mask, the U-Mask Model 3 is a suitable mask for asthma sufferers, providing a high level of protection against the main asthma triggers while remaining comfortable.