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using masks to help with asthma

I have seen several of you mention that you use masks to help with asthma, avoiding triggers, etc.  What do you use and where do you get it?  Do you find it really helps?  What kind of reactions do you get when you wear it out and about?

@Nemo88 - tell us more about your mask

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  • Mandy

    I find good quality masks are hard to find at most stores. In a pinch I use N95's. There is one from the hardware store that I recently found that filters smell as well. A 3M N95. I would love to hear what brands every one else is using

  • K8sMom2002

    My dad uses masks when he has to work outside. I'll have to ask him what brand he prefers. 

  • GigiGibson

    I found a website today out of canada with pretty washable ones.  The face mask store on etsy out of Toronto. I'm going to order a couple and try them.  

  • Kathy P

    My issue with masks is that I find they make it even harder to breathe! When I went to the doc on Friday, they of course handed me a mask since I was reporting coughing. Well….I tried to wear it. I really tried! But since I already had congestion and hindered breathing capacity, it was a struggle! Now granted it was a cheap, disposable mask, but my PF's were fine. My issue was controlling the air flow through my throat to not trigger another coughing fit. I wound up wearing it over my mouth, but leaving my nose out.

    I bought some "construction" grade masks to wear when gardening, but I haven't tried them yet. How do you deal with the mask making it more difficult to get air in?

  • K8sMom2002

    I keep forgetting to ask my dad about the mask that he uses. I'll try to remember so that I can report back to you guys. 

    Kathy P, sometimes I have a problem with air that's either warmer or cooler, and when I've worn a mask in the past — for yard work or spray painting something, it feels like the air is warmer to me. 

    @GigiGibson, did you ever order any of the masks that you found? 

  • GigiGibson

    I ordered two, an artsy geometric print and a warmer Christmas print. I should get them this week. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Oooh, I wanna see pictures when you get them! I think it's cool that you'll be able to wash them. I hope they work well!

  • GigiGibson

    I do too. Hope they work that is…. I saw the bill with Canadian postage and its $31.00 total for two masks! 

  • Shea

    I wear masks from ace hardware when I do yardwork or vacuum out the car… it gets so hot, but its better than breathing in dust. the drs office disposable ones fog my glasses up. I just dont like wearing masks, because I feel like an alien, but I like the idea of cool looking ones from etsy, definitely post pics and let us know how they work!

  • Mandy

    Oh that's crazy shipping! If they work well I could check and ship them myself to you Gigi. Remember the store name?

  • K8sMom2002

    Gigi, ouch on the price, but I'll bet they'll be pretty! 

    Shea, I'm with you on vacuuming out the car — the last time I got ambitious and decided to use the blower on our garage, I surely paid for it … wish I'd been smart enough to wear even a doctor's office disposable mask. 

    Mandy, is shipping within Canada usually very expensive? Or is it like the US where there's all sorts of deals manufacturers throw in to get you to buy more? I often see "ship free with $50 purchase."

    Oh, and does Amazon Prime work for Canadians?

  • Nemo88

    It depends typically my RZ one is for winter cause it warms the air as you breathe and cold air is a huge trigger for me or when pollen counts are super high. It is basically my outdoor mask but I use cloth ones typically inside if needed just because the way I use my mask I get like 60hrs out of one filter. But they are worth it if you have a lot of triggers. But I wear masks every day if I am not at home or if I am outside. 

  • GigiGibson

    I plan to take grandlady to the little county fair to ride some rides and see the pumpkins and animals. I'm wearing a mask. Wish I had my new one to try out

  • K8sMom2002

    Nemo, I'm glad the mask gives you a chance to get outside! 

    Gigi, hope the county fair is fun!

  • Kathy P

    Very cute. Do you like them? Are they comfortable? Is there much in the way of filtering material or it just the 2 layers of fabric?

    I'm wondering how the pleated design compares with the pattern posted in the while I was nebbing thread. 

  • GigiGibson

    I wore my mask today at the ent office and food lion. A few looks but I don't care. I felt good thinking I was minimizing my risks. My friend/ real estate clients three year old has the flu!!!!! It's here!

  • K8sMom2002

    Wash those hands, Gigi! And I do hope that your clients have gone to the doctor as well to get advice about minimizing their risk. 

    Have you had your flu shot yet?

  • GigiGibson

    Oh yes, they all got tested bc grandpa went to hospital and found out he had it, little one was positive so they all got tamiflu. Cost $1025 for five of them. 

    Move been waiting to be well enough!! I'm asking the pulm today. If he says yes I'm going to have one today. 

  • K8sMom2002

     on the price of the Tamiflu! But I guess it was a small price to pay in comparison with the major bills they might have to pay if the flu had landed them in the hospital. 

    Good luck with the pulmo — are you calling or seeing him today? 

  • Kathy P

    Ouch on the Tamiflu $$! Bummer on the flu – hope hitting it early will keep it short!

    I'm sure they were just amazed at how stylin' you were Gigi I'm glad you are protecting yourself. I've been doing some research on the effectiveness of masks – I need to share it, but I have to piece it all together. Different types are effective for different things, so it depends on what your goal is.

  • Shea

    I got the mask I ordered today, put some pics below. I bought it on amazon.com, its called myair comfort mask, and it comes with the mask and 3 replaceable filter membranes, you would have to order these filters online, as they are one time use (check amazon for prices). It says it blocks 99.997% of airborne pathogens, and allergens/contaminants down to 0.1 microns (so it is no hepa, but its lightweight, washable, fashionable, comfortable, and I think it will help, but I will keep you posted. I wore a white Ace hardware mask a few days back and it was sooo hot and big, and I hated how I looked in it, definitely got stares and comments from curious kids, but it offers HEPA protection. But this one is much lighter and cooler looking. I will try it out tomorrow to see how well it works.

  • Kathy P

    Those are so cute! So, they have a replaceable filter inside? That sounds like a great option! Can you wear it without the filter if you don't need that much filtration?

  • K8sMom2002

    Oooh, much cuter than the standard mask would be! I like the replaceable filters, too!

    Keep us posted on how they work … fingers crossed!

  • GigiGibson

    The cloth ones are a little hot, should be great in winter. I'm using the 3m one today, everytime I step out. It seems nuts but I haven't used any proair today

  • Shea

    I am going to wear mask Friday for my sisters bday, and definitely for my outdoor halloween event the Saturday before Halloween (my son begged me for one). I should have worn it today just to go to the mall to deal eith purfumes, AND when I had neighbors with pets chat a while in my front room that has a separate ac unit and no rugs and an air purifier… because it flared me–even being on high dose prednisone being around them, they all owned cats and or dogs… frustrating… I miss being normal, but once I get this figured out with masks and meds and special room.. it will be normal… and I will be able to manage. I have to say what I am having difficulty with most is, I tell these young neighborhood kids I am severely allergic and they are like, so are we, but "I live with dogs and cats" one says,  and "we just got dogs, and me and  my moms allergic too.." and I am thinking.. whyyyy have dogs and cats then? My allergies to dogs started mild, but are severe now, and I have always been severely allergic to cats, and always had chronic rhinitis, but now I have a severe chronic allergic disease, and now that I know how dander spreads and sticks and flares it up, now after having so many reactions… I am just like… this is insane: So I am flaring skin, asthma, my entire churg strauss, and my son is stuffed up now and…  these guys are allergic too? I just cannot… ughhhhharg&hhh… I really want the world to make sense. I gotta bathe my son now and give him benadryl, and he invited the kids to our halloween event, so I am going to try to pretreat him that night, keep everything outdoors, only have a bathroom key for indoor that i keep track of, to keep people out of my indoor space, wear my mask, and wonder whyyyyyy I am having a halloween event when I am so sick … and remember it is for my son, and that I really miss social events too. This is going to be a good testooI hope I can do it AND have a good time AND not get sick!!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Shea, I hear your frustration, and I hope that you find the combo that will help you break down those walls.

    I think, for those of us dealing with very real but very rare medical issues, it's hard sometimes to realize that OUR reality is not MOST people's reality. 

    I mean, with my DD and her bleeding disorder, I look at four wheelers like they are death machines. But I have to remind myself that many, many parents let their kids use four wheelers, and many, many kids use them without killing or maiming themselves. It's just not safe for MY kiddo, that's all. 

    I think you are wonderful for going to all this trouble to help your kiddo have a great Halloween … it will be a good memory for him, and he will love you all the more because he sounds like he realizes the sacrifice it takes on your part.  

  • Jen

    Shea – Challenges in life often mean we need to find our new normal.  The Halloween party sounds fun and your plans for minimizing allergy issues sound good.  What's your plan if the weather isn't cooperative?

     

  • Kathy P

    Hugs….it is very frustrating others can't understand the severity or know the path that got you there. On dealing with other who don't understand "I'm allergic", maybe reframing that to something they won't downplay. Many people are allergic to cats/dogs, but for most that means a runny nose, a couple sneezes or maybe an itch. To them, it's not really a big deal – where as to you, it is a very big deal. Maybe you need to find new words to convey the big deal?

    Having the Halloween party outdoors and restricting access to the your clean space sounds like a great idea. I hope that will minimize the fallout for you. Are you incorporating your mask into your costume?

  • GigiGibson

    We have an office of about 130 folks and me and kat sit up front on opposite back corners of the lobby/waiting room. We see maybe two patients a week here so that's no issue and we are on the second floor, pretty isolated so I'm in a good spot. Kat started with winded today and I put my mask on. I have to explain it over and over. We need a Tahiti to go with them to explain! Or little flyers to hand out, lol

  • K8sMom2002

    How about a sticker you could put on your scrubs? You could design one for a template that you could print out on your printer.

    I sort of do that for my DD's food allergy and bleeding disorder — she can't wear her medical ID bracelet while she's cheering, so we do a small tattoo that she wears on the inside of her wrist. 

    So you could print a sticker that says something like, "I have asthma, and this mask helps me stay well!" That way, you could just POINT to the sticker.

  • GigiGibson

    Oh my goodness. My autocorrect butchered that message. Kat was spraying windex. And I said we need t-shirts to explain the mask. 

    Well, I don't wear scrubs, dress clothes but the stickers are a great idea!!! I could throw one one if I'm headed to the mall or something

  • K8sMom2002

    Gigi, I was actually thinking that Tahiti would be an EXCELLENT cure for what ails us.

    Curse you, autocorrect!

  • K8sMom2002

    Oooh, those are so cute, Gigi! And they make your eyes really stand out — kind of like hats used to for ladies in the 30s and 40s.

    These are washable, right?