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Convid-19 : Face Mask Dangerous For Asthmatic And People With Lungs Infections -Expert

Convid-19 : Face Mask Dangerous For Asthmatic And People With Lungs Infections -Expert

People who have asthma or other lung conditions should not wear a face mask if it makes it difficult for them to
breathe, experts say.
People who have asthma or illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or cystic fibrosis may find masks or face coverings make it hard for them to breathe.

Masks can make it more difficult to draw air into the lungs, may trigger asthma for some patients and can also cause anxiety which changes people’s breathing patterns.

The patients are in a catch-22, however, because they are also at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they do catch the virus, and may be more likely to spread it when they’re infectious.

Experts say people should wear a mask if they comfortably can, to protect themselves and others around them, but not risk their own health in the process.
In its official guidance, Britain’s Cabinet Office now says: ‘If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops.’

But it adds: ‘Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions.’

Respiratory conditions are illness that interfere with someone’s breathing such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema or lung cancer.
Wearing a mask, experts say, can make it harder to draw air into the lungs and make symptoms of those conditions worse.

Asthma UK says: ‘For some people with asthma, wearing a face covering might not be easy. It could make it feel harder to breathe.

‘The government has advised that people with respiratory conditions don’t need to wear face coverings, so if you are finding it hard, then don’t wear one.’
Dr Purvi Parikh, an allergist with the Allergy & Asthma Network non-profit, said people with lung conditions, those with skin abnormalities on their face or neck, or children or people with dementia may not be able to wear masks regularly.

Those with breathing problems may find they worsen because of the mouth and nose covering, she said.

Dr Parikh told MailOnline: ‘Those with lung conditions are in a catch-22 because they probably need the mask more than the average person but it can be challenging to breathe.

‘A tight mask on your face can make anyone have trouble breathing. I even get it when I’m treating my patients.

‘We’re approaching summer-time so it’s hot outside, and when you’re consistently breathing hot air on top of your own breath that can be quite uncomfortable.

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