Before we address face masks with filters, let’s stop and just consider face mask usage in general. Face masks have been used by so many of us to protect from Covid 19, but those with allergies and asthma are reaping multiple benefits from the masks. People with allergies or asthma react to pollen, dust, fur, mold, and other irritants by sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and chest congestion due to excess mucus. Masks prevent these particles from being inhaled.
Many people with allergies or asthma were not previously aware that face masks could help prevent allergies. After months with Covid 19 masks, they noticed that instances of allergic reactions had reduced significantly, even when exposed to irritants. They figured it out by chance and practice. Others already knew that wearing a mask could help but walking around with a mask pre-Covid was deemed a bit dramatic. Fortunately for them, wearing face masks has become normalized, and even after the pandemic is over, those with allergies can always wear them whenever necessary. As the economy opens up and people spend more time outdoors, allergies are bound to be more common than when staying indoors.
As most people wait to ditch the masks as soon as the coast is clear, those with allergies will continue to keep theirs close by. For this reason, they should be even keener when selecting their masks, since they’ll have them for the long haul. And face masks with filters and other features will become more and more desirable along with their advantages.