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Sandy9s
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USA
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Posted - Nov 30 2018 :  9:37:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At Pulmonary Rehab today, the trainer suggested that I wear one of those flimsy little cloth masks to cover my nose and mouth when I am outside on a windy day. Because my airways are so compromised, it seems like a good idea. Does anyone here wear one of those either white ones or blue ones outside? Only in wind? All the time? When?

Dave-OH
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Posted - Dec 01 2018 :  12:43:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did in Las Vegas when the winds were blowing the spoke from LA a few years ago.

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Jocopd
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USA
142 Posts

Posted - Dec 01 2018 :  01:19:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My neighbors burn trash frequently so I bought some from Walmart/Walgreens/Dollar store ( they are cheap) but it seems to make it harder to get any breath at all when I wear it. The only time anyone wears one in our rehab is if they are at the tail end of a cold or just out of the hospital - to help protect them from germs. People in Japan/China where the air quality is so bad wear them all the time. So try it and see - its not a big deal if they don't work for you - I think I paid less than $5 for a 10 pack and my doctors office always has them on the counter that are free to take one.
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Sokcap48
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USA
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Posted - Dec 01 2018 :  3:06:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi there- I am a little different-well really different -but that’s ok :-)! I TX’d 9-30-16. I wear one in public all the time, not all transplanters do but I choose to. I also wear one when I am dong things like cleaning out the garage etc and when it is windy which is a lot here and the air seems dusty. Yes it does put up a little air resistance but you will soon get used to that. I also have a VOG mask. That are material with a vented filter better but hotter. I can’t see that it would do any harm. Talk to your Pulmonary Doctor and see what that say. I do wear mine when it is dusty but mainly to protect against germs—might be reason enough for you to wear one in public also!

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beatlemike
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Posted - Dec 03 2018 :  12:06:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wear one a lot in the winter time. Here in Nebraska in gets down to around zero very often in Dec. and January. That real cold weather just seems to take my breath away and the masks seem to warm the air a little. I just buy the ear loop masks at Walmart. You can get a box of 20 for 4 or 5 dollars and I reuse the same one for a number of times. I also wear them when it is real windy and in allergy season.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Dec 03 2018 :  12:18:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use a Alpaca scarf.

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tsainta
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Posted - Dec 03 2018 :  01:17:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can vegans use alpaca scarves?

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Dave-OH
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Posted - Dec 03 2018 :  08:50:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No, but medical reasons should override other objections. You can get a cotton one. I have alpaca and lambs wool.

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skhill
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Posted - Dec 06 2018 :  10:46:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wear on almost any time I am outside. It helps me a lot but it is harder to breathe with one on. A couple of weeks ago I was in a store and didn't have my mask on and it was on the cold side in that store and I have been paying for it ever since. I am SOB now more than ever. I wont be going back to that store in the winter months.
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