FAQ – all about masks
Does a mask help allergics?
Filters used in masks will bring relief to all dust allergics. Mostly they will help all those who suffer for strong reactions in pollen allergy.
Can this filters be washed?
Filters will loose their value in washing.
Should I change filters? If yes, how often?
Yes, you should. Filter is effective for 4-6 weeks or 69 hours depending on the air pollution level, individual waste of air and work done i.a walk, run. It should be used until the user feels the odor of toxic substances and a significant reduction in air flow.
Are all filters and valves replaceable?
Yes, they are.
Do I have to change valve?
If the valves are not damaged, they do not need to be replaced. The valves are durable, in normal use, in accordance with the purpose of the mask. Every month, it is recommended to rinse the valve with warm water, leaving it to dry and using a small amount of talcum powder to prevent the valve from sticking.
Can you wash the mask?
Our masks are sewn from the highest quality, 100% cotton clothing fabrics of Polish production, woven from high-quality cotton. We recommend hand washing at a temperature below 40 ° C, with substances that do not contain perchlorethylene or phosphates. ATTENTION: the mask can be washed only after dismantling the exhalation valves and the filter. FILTER CAN NOT BE WASHED!
Nose bends: to what extent should I bend them?
The metal nose clips are easy to fit around the root of the nose. After correctly adjusting the shape, it’s best to keep it.
Are masks for children available?
We have masks for children. The size of the child is suitable for a height of 140-160cm.
I feel that my breath is limited, is it normal?
All masks have some level of airflow limitation, especially in fast breath rates; e.g. when riding fast on a bicycle. Our masks have 2 valves with a high air flow. The cotton material from which the masks are made facilitates the flow of air. Especially at the very beginning of the adventure with the mask, we will feel a limitation that will decrease over time.
What are the health effects of exposure to dust and other solid particles?
Ozone in ground layer
Ozone in the ground level arises when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) react with the ultraviolet radiation of the sun. The basic source of VOCs and NOx is the movement of vehicles including passenger cars, trucks, buses, construction machinery and agricultural equipment.
Ozone in the ground level reaches its highest level in the afternoon and early evening hours. The high level occurs most often in the summer months. It is irritating, as can cause airway spasms, forcing the respiratory system to work hard to deliver oxygen. It can also cause other health problems:
- Increased tiredness
- Wheezing, chest pain, dry throat, headache or nausea
- Increased respiratory diseases such as emphysema, bronchitis and asthma
- Permanent damage to deep parts of the lungs, even after recovery from coughing or sore throat
- Lower immunity to infections
- Lower sports results
Particulate Matter (PM)
Suspended dust – atmospheric aerosols. Particulates are a complex mixture that may contain soot, smoke, metals, nitrates, sulfates, dust and rubber from vehicle tires. They can be emitted directly as smoke coming from the combustion of substances or they can be formed as a result of gases reactions in the atmosphere, such as nitrogen oxides.
Suspended dust PM 10 is a very small fraction. The grain diameter is up to 10 micrometers. This size causes the dust grains to go deep into lungs. The main source of PM10 in the air is emission from combustion in heating systems of solid fuels such as coal, wood and biomass as well as from road traffic. At the same time, combustion vehicles powered by gases such as CNG and LPG are the most environmentally friendly. Diesel engines with no particulate filters are the most harmful to air. Geographical conditions such as location in the valley, urban conditions such as a lot of tall buildings, meteorological conditions such as lack of wind and thermal inversion favor the air pollution accumulation and the smog formation. In turn, the concentrations values of acceptable pollutants, especially particulates PM10 and PM 2.5 exceeds. Small particles (known as PM2,5 or tinier suspended dust), i.e. suspended dust with a diameter smaller than 2.5 μm. It is estimated that due to its size, it is the most harmful to human health due to the ability to go deep into body. Exposure to such particles may affect the functioning of the lungs and heart. Even short-term exposure to high concentrations of PM2,5 causes an increase in the emergency hospitalization risk due to worsening asthma, sudden respiratory response and reduced lung function.
Scientific research has linked the exposure to long-term contact with dust (especially small particles) contamination with health problems, including:
- Heart attacks not finished in death
- The development of chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Growing asthmatic problems
- Worsened respiratory symptoms, such as airways irritation, coughing or difficulty in breathing
- Lowered lung function
- The development of children’s chronic respiratory disease
- Irregular heartbeat
- Premature death to people with heart or lung disease, including death due to lung cancer
Short-term exposure to PM is also dangerous and may:
- Increase susceptibility to respiratory infections
- Deepen lung disease causing asthma attacks and acute bronchitis
- Cause heart attacks and cardiac arrhythmia to people with heart disease
Even if we are in good condition, temporary symptoms may appear, such as:
- Pressure in chest
- Irritation of eyes, nose and throat
How long do I have to wait for delivery?
All ozone masks are available at the moment. We will send them immediately.