Tips to make mask wearing easy, safe especially for elders

Tips to make mask wearing easy, safe for elders

 

Well, I did and I came across this brilliant blog on Health Focus, a news site on health news. 

Article propagates the use of oils to reduce the irritation of masks for long duration while espouses benefits of adding drops of oils to masks, like my favourite Eucalyptus oil, which is good for lungs and well being. 

Need to do some more research before I come back to you on some more tips than this; adding a few drops of Eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, or other oils makes it easy to wear masks for long durations.

In the meanwhile, here are the basics shared by World Health Organisation (WHO) of how to wear a mask:

  • Clean your hands before you put your mask on, as well as before and after you take it off, and after you touch it at any time
  • Make sure it covers both your nose, mouth, and chin. 
  • When you take off a mask, store it in a clean plastic bag, and every day either wash it if it’s a fabric mask or disposes of a medical mask in a trash bin.
  • Don’t use masks with valves

As per the WHO report, India ranks 2nd after USA on, Covid19 cases. We can see an increase in number because of the high population and people are not taking appropriate precautions like social distancing, wearing masks, etc. For saving lives Indian Government has started imposing fines in case someone is caught not wearing a mask in public areas. 

Considering the elderly at high risk of illness, it's of utmost importance that they should wear a mask regularly. Now here are solutions to a few major problems which our elders face while wearing masks. 

1) Once again, to avoid foul smell, they can spray oils like peppermint oil or Vicks VapoRub. Through this, they can inhale fresh air and feel its aroma. This will give them relief from cold and cough as well.

2) Problem of getting fog on eyeglasses while wearing a mask can also be solved by doing the following things.

  • Use facial tissue by placing it inside the top half of the mask. Doing this creates some extra absorbency between your nose, which is creating the moisture, and the glasses, which show it. You can also; fold the top quarter of the mask inwards for that extra layer.
  • Another easy way to tame the fog on your glasses is by washing your glasses with some soapy water. The best is to let the glasses dry off on their own after you use the soap water. The soap leaves a film behind that reduces the surface tension of the molecules.

3) Ear irritation is also a common issue if we wear a mask for a longer period of time. You can get relief through this pain by using plastic “ear savers”. Simply wrap the mask’s elastic straps around the clip, rather than your ears, to immediately relieve pressure. Try to avoid masks that are not slack behind your ears. Tighter masks pull on your ears, which can irritate the nearby nerves. Tie knot masks are also available in the market which elders can use.

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Elder Care supports parents of NRIs and members of Indian diaspora who are living back home in India in managing their independent living needs and at the times of medical emergencies.