. . . Just curious what kind of mask you are using. I have
asthma and am really bothered when I do alot of polishing but I
find masks very difficult to wear. I can't breath and they
completely fog up my glasses. Any suggestions for a style that works
better and is more comfortable?
I was trying to catch up on a little Orchid reading and came across
this thread. Some of the tricks I used in my years as a surgical
nurse have helped in my jewelry life as well. This is one of them.
We wore masks at all times in the OR (operating room) so we had to
find ways to maintain vision and filtration.
Some of the masks have a flexible metal strip at the upper edge of
the mask just for this purpose. You can form-fit the mask by shaping
the strip over your nose. When the upper edge of the mask fits
closer to your face the exhaled vapors are less likely to cause your
glasses to fog and the mask is more effective as well.
You may also try adding a strip of non-irritating tape across the
top edge to “seal” it to your face. This helps when there is no metal
strip and improves the effect even with the fitted strip. It also
cuts down on the annoying shifting of the mask which otherwise bumps
and nudges your glasses as you work.
The paper tapes used in surgery are more gentle on the skin and can
be found in the first aid section of most large drugstores. If you
will be using it frequently, your choice of tape will make a
difference to your skin and comfort.
HTH Pam Chott Songofthephoenix@pobox.com www.songofthephoenix.com