With the latest uptick in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., face masks have become essential protective tools, more than ever.
In addition to social distancing and avoiding large gatherings, the CDC continues to recommend wearing face masks in public, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
What impact do masks have on sinus pain and allergy sufferers?
According to Dr. Alan Goldsobel, allergy specialist at the Allergy and Asthma Associates of Northern California, “Masks can help allergy sufferers manage their symptoms, in addition to protecting them from viruses. Masks can filter out allergens like pollen, animal dander, dust mites, mold spores, and other pollutants as you perform outside activities like gardening and yard work.
While there are no specific types of masks that are recommended for allergy sufferers, any type of face covering can be potentially helpful in decreasing exposure to allergens. N95 masks are not necessary, and are meant for healthcare workers only.
While face shields are used to protect against potential respiratory droplets from infected patients, they should not be used to protect against allergy exposure.”
For those who are active and on-the-go, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends wearing non-medical fabric masks that allow you to breathe while walking and talking quickly. Masks can prevent the spread of COVID-19 through droplets from your nose or mouth, when you are close to someone, less than 6 feet away.
If you’re having trouble wearing a mask, try a different fabric or fit. Consider wearing breathable face coverings made from fabrics like 100% cotton. Or tie something across your nose that hangs down freely to shield your nose and mouth. Wearing some type of breathable covering is better than nothing.
For allergy sufferers who like to work or play outdoors, Dr. Goldsobel recommends:
- Minimizing exposure to allergens as much as possible
- Being desensitized with allergy immunotherapy or shots
- Taking medication or adopting alternative treatments to control symptoms
Alternative treatments for sinus pain from allergies include 100% drug-free ClearUP Sinus Pain Relief® (advanced microcurrent technology for reducing sinus pain).
Tivic Health, makers of ClearUP, wish you safety and health. We are here to help you manage your allergies during these challenging times.
, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (aafa.org), “What People with Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks and Coverings During the Covid-19 Pandemic,” 6/16/20, https://community.aafa.org/blog/what-people-with-asthma-need-to-know-about-face-masks-and-coverings-during-the-covid-19-pandemic