Wearing a face mask with COPD: How to cope with it?

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Hello everyone, 

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I thought I would open this discussion to talk about masks.

It can be difficult to adjust to wearing a mask when going out, especially for those with respiratory conditions like COPD.
Do you find it difficult to wear a mask? Does it aggravate or irritate your COPD? What do you do? Do you have any tips or techniques to make it more comfortable? Has your GP given you any advice? 
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Feel free to share your experiences and advice here!

Take care,
Courtney

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@Courtney_J It's been hard for me. I already struggle with breathlessness, but with the mask at first it was even worse. My GP recommended that I "practice" wearing it at home where I'm comfortable and that did help. I at least don't have that feeling of panic when I put it on. I also made sure to get one that's moisture-wicking, because once it gets a bit wet from my breath it makes it even worse. I really do try to my best to wear it and make my trips the shops and things quick.

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I only wear it when necessary - entering the Spa Grocers or the Post Office

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I find wearing a protective visor better,
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I had difficulty breathing in a mask, But I found a bandana type face covering so much easier to breathe in

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I just wear one when I absolutely need to

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I find a visor much more comfortable than a mask, especially since my glasses don’t steam up

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@cookiemonster @Mikest Face shields and visors seem to be a popular option for those with respiratory conditions. Where did you find them? Are they easily available at the pharmacy or did you have to purchase them online?

Take care,
Courtney

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I bought my two visors online from Amazon. As I recall they were about £5 each, although some much more expensive ones are also available

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I purchased plastic frames that fit snuggly under the mask and off your face.

You can purchase them from Amazon