Shortness Of Breath After Using The N95 Mask?

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Good afternoon, for the past 4 days I feel suffocated when breathing, is there a connection because previously I used an N95 mask for a whole day (approximately 5 hours of total usage), thank you for the response

1 Answer:

Hello Ari, thank you for asking at

The use of masks of any kind, especially N95 masks which have a higher protective power compared to surgical masks or cloths, can indeed cause a feeling of tightness during and after use, especially if used for a long time, used to undergo quite heavy activity during use and in people who not accustomed to using these masks.

Shortness complaints that you experience can indeed be caused by the use of the mask, but can also be caused by several other conditions such as ARI, lung infection (pneumonia), asthma, COPD, bronchitis, heart failure, heart attack or COVID-19 (especially if there are other complaints and fairly clear contact history).

Therefore, if your shortness of breath complaints are felt to be constantly present or aggravating and have not improved with over-the-counter tightness medications, then it is highly recommended to check your complaints further to the doctor to evaluate what causes your complaints to appear and what therapies are available. should be given.

In the meantime, if you don't have a cough / runny nose complaint, then you are not recommended to use any type of mask, especially N95 masks because these masks are recommended for medical workers who are at high risk of exposure to various germs that cause interference with the respiratory tract. If indeed you have a cough / cold complaint, wear a surgical mask while the complaint is still felt, and use and dispose of your mask in a good and correct way.

Even though there is a possibility that your complaint is currently caused because you are not accustomed to wearing masks, you are still encouraged to be at home according to government recommendations and do social distancing. Also do a healthy and clean lifestyle such as eating nutritious food, exercising regularly, getting enough rest, avoiding cigarettes and washing your hands using soap and water regularly even though you are not sick to maintain your immune system.

I hope this helps.

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