Cold Weather Mask

Cold Weather MaskWe a offer our double fleece Breathe Healthy Cold Weather Fleece Masks for the more frigid days. They are great for skiing, hunting, or just taking a walk. Many folks with asthma report that they are helped immensely by our masks. When you have asthma, the airways that carry air into and through your lungs become sensitive to irritants like pollen or cold weather.

When you breathe these irritants, the muscles around the airways tighten and breathing becomes labored and inefficient. This is called bronchospasm. Repeated exposure to these irritants cause the airways to become swollen or inflamed. As this inflammation gets worse, the airways grow more sensitive and narrow so that getting air into and out of the lungs can be very difficult, sometimes even impossible. According to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, before Asthma can be controlled, patients must first determine if their asthma attacks are aggravated or caused by allergens in their environment. For those who do not have allergic asthma, an attack can be triggered by strenuous exercise, stress, worry and many other non-allergen triggers. But allergic asthma is always set off by contact with allergens, weather changes, viral or sinus infections.

It is well known that cold air can trigger breathing problems in those already susceptible, and in fact is used as a challenge for assessing exercise induced asthma. Cooling of the airways may directly initiate broncho-constriction although chilling of the nasal cavity or the face may play a part. Further, in a study by the University of Goteborg, Sahlgrenska Hospital, Goteborg, Sweden regarding Asthma Prevention and wearing a mask, the effect of wearing a fabric mask was tested. 88% of the patients tested reported that wearing a face mask provided satisfactory protection against asthma induced by cold air, and 72% reported they were able to spend more time out-of-doors. The results concluded that wearing a fabric face mask offers effective protection against asthma induced by cold air and exercise (Abstract from University of Goteborg, Sweden).