6. Bad Breath

Refresh Your Breath

It’s a bit embarrassing, but it’s the truth: face masks emphasize our bad breath. We are trapped with our breath while we wear our face mask, so we inevitably smell what we exhale. As a result, we may be smelling our bad breath.

Solution: You could spend the entire time popping mints and chewing gum, but that would only mask the problem (pun intended). Now that you’re aware of your bad breath, consider it a blessing. Better you be aware of it than someone else, and now you can do something about it. You can increase your oral hygiene efforts by brushing and flossing more often, paying particular attention to your tongue. If you still find that bad breath remains, you may need to inquire with your dentist to find the reason.

7. Interference with Hearing Aids and Headphones

Hearing

For people who wear hearing aids or in-ear headphones, a face mask loop can become their worst enemy. An elastic cord can easily tangle a hearing aid. Removing a face mask can send an in-ear headphone tumbling onto the ground. It’s not just annoying; a lost hearing aid can also be extremely costly.

Solution: Switch to a mask with a band that ties around the head. Try to keep the number of times you take masks on and off to a minimum. Be aware each time you remove your mask.

8. Stuffiness

Not Wearing Face Mask

It’s more of an inconvenience and not a health issue, but feeling “stuffy” can make wearing a mask uncomfortable. A person who feels stuffy in a mask is less likely to use a mask, so it’s essential to solve it as much as possible.

Solution: Try a mask with a lighter fabric, fewer layers, and smaller thread count. For example, stretchy t-shirt material will feel much less constricting than thick canvas. A smaller mask can also create a less “heavy” feeling, though remember to cover your mouth and nose well. Another trick is to chew gum or eat a mint. The scent opens up your nasal passages, creating a less restrictive feeling.

Because people without symptoms can transmit COVID-19, it’s vital to wear face masks outside of your home. Face masks don’t only protect you; they protect those around you if you are infected and don’t know it. Wearing face masks shows others that you respect their well-being and hope they feel the same about yours. Wearing a face is both a courtesy and a heroic act—it can save a life.

Related: How Often Can You Use Reusable Masks Between Washing?
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