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post #1 of 46 Old 06-21-2020, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Face Mask Causes Problems

I can't wear face masks with metal on the nose or the ones with straps around the ears; I get really bad sores. I wore a bandana for my Therapeutic Horse Riding lesson last Thursday; it worked great. The bandana does not fog my glasses. Today, I wore a bandana on a walk at the beach with my dad, my half-brother, and the dog; it kept on slipping. My dad had to retie it so tight, and I couldn't really breathe with it that tight. I was thinking about getting a neck gaiter with a filter. What is the metal-free face covering like a neck gaiter for the COVID-19 pandemic?
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post #2 of 46 Old 06-21-2020, 10:55 PM
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I've yet to find a neck gaiter that fits with my glasses. I assume one with a filter would be worse. I use one for weed-whacking and it works OK for that...but wouldn't be suitable for riding, running, etc:


I own several neck gaiters but none of them offer a good seal. The size and stretchy-ness of the fabric determines how well they stay up. I can breathe thru all of them, too. Which is fine for me (given my beliefs about face masks and the virus) but since I can cough thru the fabric.....

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post #3 of 46 Old 06-21-2020, 11:25 PM
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I've had to work 12+ hour shifts wearing masks since mid March. It's taken me a lot of experimenting to figure out what works best. I can't use the ear ones for longer than an hour without getting sore, so I use the tie-back ones. Those are great but also won't stay put very well (in my experience) without a pony tail. That is fine for me because I need to have my hair up all day for my job, but if you don't like having your hair up, that poses a different challenge.

I have found that the ones with metal are the only ones that won't fog my glasses. They don't rub my face at all (even for my 12+ hour shifts) so long as I form them correctly. I have found that the home-made ones sometimes use larger, stiffer pieces of metal and aren't as comfortable, but the surgical masks with the long, thin, flexible wire work just fine. What kind are you using?

If you use the tie-back in conjunction with the flexible metal, you can adjust it so that it's tight enough to prevent slipping and glass-fogging but loose enough to prevent rubbing. This is what I have found works best. Good luck!
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post #4 of 46 Old 06-22-2020, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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I have trouble tying things behind my head. I use the cotton ones without metal, but it doesn't work for helmets. It is fine for a short walk with my mom.
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post #5 of 46 Old 06-22-2020, 03:25 AM
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I have issues with the masks that have ear loops. Itís a combination of funky ears, glasses and hearing aids, so the darned things donít stay on right. I did have a friend 3D print some of those ear savers and Iíve got a spare ear loop mask in the car just in case. Another friend of mine who makes quilts is now making masks that have ties instead if the ear loops and she made a few for me. The best way I discovered to make those stay on right because I have short hair at the moment is to use those plastic cord sliders (the ones you find in drawstrings where you push the little button and it can slide up and down the cord to tighten or loosen) instead of tying it.

To put it on, I take my glasses off, put the bottom strap on, and tighten that, pinch the metal nose part to shape it over my nose and tighten the top one before putting my glasses back on. I havenít had any issues with my glasses fogging up or anything and it is comfortable to wear for errands and things.
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post #6 of 46 Old 06-22-2020, 08:04 AM
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Can you not remove the mask while riding?
You're outside or in a indoor arena with air circulation and fresh air movement...
Are you near anyone that is sick?

In confines of 6' or less, yes use that mask no matter how uncomfortable to protect you..
But honestly, when surrounded by the family members I live with, in a environment of fresh air and air movement, coupled with no crowds....
I remove my mask and breathe naturally and freely.

So are you not permitted to de-mask?
If you are at a private stable, you're not subject to certain rules as if you were shopping in a store... doubt there are crowds and if in a barn with another, pull the mask on to protect you then.
But riding....get outside and enjoy the sun, the weather, the breeze and ride...
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post #7 of 46 Old 06-22-2020, 08:20 AM
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Because of the issues of some patients, the therapeutic riding centers may have tighter rules about face masks and protective action in place. Those around here do.
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post #8 of 46 Old 06-22-2020, 08:23 AM
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First, I agree with horselovinguy that you probably don't need one if you aren't within 6' (unless you're riding on private property or public property with rules that you need to wear one.) I work in public health and it won't make much of a difference if you're riding out alone.

Otherwise, have you seen those headbands with buttons to put the elastics of masks around instead of your ears? I have healthcare worker friends that love them. In the summer, it also might be nice for wicking sweat. There are a lot out there so just google "headband with buttons" and you'll see what I mean.
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post #9 of 46 Old 06-22-2020, 11:37 AM
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Only time I wear a bandana is when I hold up a train.

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post #10 of 46 Old 06-22-2020, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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If I let go of the reins to take off a mask while I'm riding, the horse that I'm riding could get spooked; I could fall and end up in the hospital. In Southern California, we're still trying to keep the hospitals from over crowding. I can take off the mask when I'm mounted on the horse; I will have to adjust my glasses which means touching my face.
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