Problem With Face Mask : Why are some people getting a sore throat from wearing a mask?
To prevent the risk of coronavirus infection, wearing a mask seems like the best possible defence. It stops the virus suspended in the air from entering into our respiratory tract and causing infection. Several studies have suggested that masks can reduce the risk of contagion by 50 per cent. That's why people are encouraged to wear a mask before stepping out of their house. However, a lot of people have been complaining about the discomfort they had to face by wearing a mask all day long. Acne outbreak, anxiety, foggy glasses are the most common ones. Another addition to this list is a sore throat.
Several people have complained about getting a sore throat after they wore a mask for a long time and also by using a dirty one. This article will help you evaluate the reason behind this.
Dirty mask and sore throat
As we wash our hands, we also need to clean our clothes and other things from time to time. Masks should also be washed regularly to reduce the risk of exposure to germs and bacteria.
Bacteria, virus, dust and allergens can lead to a sore throat. These particles accumulate on the mask when you use them without washing for a long time. The tiny particles pass on to the throat, causing irritation and strain. People with weak immunity and allergic to dust or pollen particles are more prone to this.
Even in general, when people wear a mask, they have to speak louder for others to hear them clearly. This can put unnecessary strain on the throat, leading to irritation.
What should one do to prevent this
Washing your mask is as important as washing your hands. After every use, wash your mask with warm water and soap. Let them dry under the Sun, before wearing them again. That's why it is advised to keep two masks so that you can use them alternatively.
Source : TOI