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Back in March I had made a face mask out of some cotton fabric I had at home. I really stuggled to breathe in it and I figured the fabric was just too thick. I had been staying home and ordering groceries online. I'd like to be able to go out, so I ordered a mask from Etsy. The seller said it was breathable fabric. I tried it on and struggled to breathe again. In less than a minute I felt like my throat was closing up and I had to take it off. It took a while before I was able to take in a deep breath. Does this happen to anyone else? I really don't understand how other people are able to wear masks.

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Re: Breathing in a face mask

Try breathing through your mouth. When I start feeling stuffed up, I breathe through my mouth.

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Re: Breathing in a face mask

@Tink814 -

I've found that some are breathable and some really are not! 

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Re: Breathing in a face mask

I've never worn a cloth mask, although I've orders dozens of them since all this started.

 

I wear KN95s and have worn N95s.  They are *away* from your nose and mouth.  Maybe you need that type of mask as opposed to a cloth mask that is up against your nose.

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Re: Breathing in a face mask

@Tink814 :  I know what you mean about difficulty breathing.  If I'm in a store, on an aisle where I'm the only person, sometimes I'll slip it off one ear, just to take a couple nice, deep breathes.

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Re: Breathing in a face mask

I've been isolating since March, and haven't really gone a lot of places (my parents' yard, over to our public post office area in our complex to pick up mail, etc.). 

For those few times that I am in public in some capacity I wear a mask. 

 

What worked for me was actually a tip I read here! I had to acclimate myself to the mask inside my house and give myself time to get used to it. It took a few times of wearing it inside my home before I got comfortable enough with my breathing to wear it outside of the home. 

 

I had to continuously remind myself that the mask wasn't impacting my breathing--it was my reaction of anxiety that was. I am claustrophobic by nature and there is something about mask wearing that really brings that feeling home!

 

I'm ok with wearing them now, but it took a focused effort to get there. Best of luck to you!

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Re: Breathing in a face mask

I have recommended this seller on Etsy before, and I got the recommendation from someone here on the boards.  Their masks are made here in the USA from 100% cotton.  They come with a metal bar on top that helps to make it a custom, comfortable fit.  My husband and I have no trouble breating with them on.

 

The seller's name is WaxtexUS.   I've ordered from them twice.  They ship quickly and are communicatiive and responsive to questions.   I tried other sellers, in my quest for quality masks, and no one compared.

 

I don't personally know the seller and don't get a commission.   lol

 

Check them out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Breathing in a face mask

the bottom line........it isnt easy at all......at least not for me.

it isnt easy to stop touching your face either.

sometimes if no one is close by i do pull it away from my face a little and take some deep breaths. the second i leave a store it comes off.

 

i have been using surgical masks, cloth masks, and headband/bandanas.

 

i did buy these and they are not overly thick so it is a bit easier to breath through them.

 

 

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Re: Breathing in a face mask

I've noticed a few people wearing their mask right below their nostrils. Could it be they're having trouble breathing with it on! Do they think they just need to cover their mouth! 

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Re: Breathing in a face mask

I've ordered many surgical masks from ShopLC(--1st time buyer for many, many masks from them--thank you to whoever recommended them!)

 

The problem is, they aren't a tight fit for me on the sides so I can't wear them.  Plus I don't like that you can only wear them one time.  I wasted 2 just trying them on.  No go.  But they are good for the guys in my family.

 

They are extremely light weight so I can see how they would be good in extremely hot weather.  I've only been to the store 3 times and it was still a little cool out.

 

I may wear them along with another mask over top if we have this second wave (or have to deal with this forever).  That way I'll be double-y protected.....I hope!