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Mask allergy??

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I think I might be allergic to my mask or having some sort of reaction to it.  My hospital has a new supply of surgical masks and every time I put it on I start hacking. I can taste a chemical when I put it on and then cough cough cough. Sadly, it's the only mask we are allowed to wear (only the covid floors can wear the N95s).  Funny though, I can wear an n95 the whole night and have no issue, but not these surgical masks.    

I've spoken to a few doctors, CNAs, and nurses and they said they are going through something similar.  

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So are we now endangering health professional's health and lives with poorly manufactured PPE?

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Sounds like others are having the same problem.  
 

I know after 7-8 hours I start feeling tired and not as productive wearing the mask.  I get sluggish.  Once I get in the parking lot I remove. Love fresh air and mask off.  
 

Can you wear the n 95 instead?  I would report the concern.  

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adventure_rn is a BSN and specializes in NICU, PICU.

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On 5/15/2020 at 1:13 AM, toomuchbaloney said:

So are we now endangering health professional's health and lives with poorly manufactured PPE?

Yeah, we've been joking at work that 15 years from now, there will be ads on the TV for class action lawsuits saying, "Were you employed as an essential worker in the 2020 COVID pandemic? Have you suffered from chronic respiratory illness? If so, you may be entitled to compensation."

I haven't personally had any negative reactions, but the quality of our hospitals' surgical masks has markedly declined as the pandemic has gone on.

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My son's asthma has been out of control since he's been required to wear a mask at work (not in healthcare). His physician says they're seeing asthma and allergic reactions every day from masks, and even people with fungal infections around their mouths and behind their ears.

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LittleFizz has 4 years experience and specializes in ICU.

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You should just see if you can wear your own mask somehow then..

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Tait has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Acute Care Cardiac, Education, Prof Practice.

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I recommend reaching out to your infection prevention officer or employee health nurse. I know that we are providing wound care consults if anyone gets skin breakdown, and working to make sure people have the appropriate ti on N95s (some have had to have alternative masks due to poor fit). Maybe they have some advice. If nothing else it documents it with your facility and distribution may be able to look at where those masks came from.

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