A KN95 mask is a widely used, short-term name for a KN95 filtering mask, which is an air-purifying, particulate-blocking respirator that suits the Chinese standards for safety and health. The purpose of a KN95 mask is to protect workers from hazardous exposure to particulates in the workplace, such as dust and airborne allergens. A respirator will also filter the amount of “free” air that the worker or individual breathes, which can also affect one’s lung function and one’s ability to breathe. (The word “free” in the phrase refers to the fact that the particulates do not enter the air stream.)
KN95 masks are manufactured to be worn at all times, whether the wearer is at work or at home, or any other place. Some manufacturers provide their customers with additional options and upgrades, such as the addition of safety vests, or other types of protective equipment, such as ear protectors. These additional options provide additional protection to the wearer of the KN95 masks and make it easier to identify the protective equipment in times of hazmat or chemical spills, or in cases where an emergency may occur. For these reasons, many employers purchase an entire set of KN95 masks for each person in their staff, as well as other protective gear, to ensure that their staff is safe from work-related allergic reactions and breathing difficulties and that they are able to perform their jobs properly.
KN95 masks are made from different materials, including polycarbonate, polystyrene, vinyl, and fiberglass. Each material is constructed to KN95 specifications and has been proven to filter out dust and other microscopic particles that may cause symptoms and infections. However, while protective gear such as a KN95 mask may prevent dust and other dangerous particles from entering the lungs, it does not prevent other airborne hazards, such as the flu or the common cold. Therefore, it is important for anyone using a KN95 mask or respirators to also use a quality air purifier or air conditioning system to ensure that the workplace is kept clean and safe.
Because of the recent outbreak of the 2020 SARS virus in China, mandibular neuritis or “mold” is another common condition that can occur in individuals who wear KN95 masks. Mold is an airborne substance that grows on the top of the lining of the soft palate and the underlying bones of the jaw. It thrives in places where air can’t flow through the mouth, such as the top of a pocket, or in crevices inside the mask. Inhaling mold spores can result in a variety of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, fever, aches and pains, dizziness, headaches, and fatigue. To avoid these serious side effects, it is important that individuals using KN95 filters to wear take frequent pauses, blow their noses gently, and wash their mouths after they consume food or any sweet food products.
Unfortunately, another common problem that may occur when using a KN95 mask is “adalja.” Adalja is the Latin name for “drip.” As the name suggests, the azalea is the stinging feeling that may not be accompanied by a rash or irritation upon brushing the teeth, or when the mouth is exposed to the cold of the outside environment. KN95 filters should be used with extreme caution to make sure the patient always has adequate airflow. The patient should also rinse their mouth well after application to minimize exposure to saliva that may contain azalea. These masks are easily available at online sellers like accumed.com.