Experiencing Breathing Difficulty In A Face Mask? Here Is Your Solution

The pandemic may be hushing down, but for just about everyone at the moment, masks have become a common fixture. And after the situation is behind us, when they're out, many people will always want to wear masks.

The problem is, not everyone is allowed to wear a mask. In persons with a respiratory disorder or anxiety, often masks may feel painful and create complications.

"Wearing a mask can still affect your breathing, just not in the way you might think" - Dr. Christopher Ewing (Lung Specialist, Alberta, Canada)

"Most of us are not used to wearing face masks, and the feeling that you have a face mask can make others nervous or uncomfortable," Ewing says. Although much of our breathing is unconscious and controlled by our breathing core, the mind can still affect it. "It will affect the way we breathe as we experience pain, even subconsciously." For example, if we exhale and it causes our glasses to fog up, by not exhaling completely on our next breath, we might compensate for the pain.


Usually, asthma sufferers have reasons that set off symptoms and make breathing more difficult. Cold and dry air affects certain individuals, which is not a concern when wearing a mask. Masks appear to keep these individuals in warmer, damp air, which would make it easier to breathe. In fact, some masks are specially intended to help preserve humidity and temperature and can make life more comfortable for those suffering from this form of asthma.

On the other hand, many asthmatics have the complete opposite effect; their asthma is set off by warm, moister weather. This can make it uncomfortable or even risky to wear a mask, considering the social disapproval and limitations imposed on people who do not wear masks in these demanding times

Another illness caused by limited airflow due to inflammation is COPD. In addition to temperature and humidity, irritants such as smoke , dust, and chemicals can set off COPD patients. Since shops and other public venues are extra vigilant in washing and sanitizing their surroundings, attacks may be set off by leftover chemicals in the air.

There are some things you can do if you have asthma, COPD, or other respiratory issues caused by wearing a mask.

  • Using a mask that is less restrictive. If you're ill, masks are usually intended to shield others from you, not actually to shield you from others. You would not require a stringent N95 or full-filtering mask unless you are in a healthcare or other vital position where the chance of contamination is exceedingly high. While being less likely to set off an asthma attack, a thinner fabric mask that is equally safe, more breathable and cooler may provide some protection.