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7 Long-Term Side Effects of Wearing Face Masks

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    You've heard the coronavirus is spread by droplets, so it's ever so important to cover your face—particularly as your city reopens. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should contact your medical professional.

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    1. Shortness of Breath and Lightheadedness
    "Activities that result in the expulsion of air, such as talking, yelling, singing and exercising can result in the accumulation of carbon dioxide between the face and the mask," says Dr. Lili Barsky. "These symptoms are seen due to increases in CO2 levels in your body," says Dr. Rashmi Byakodi. "Breathing over exhaled air that turns into carbon dioxide might make you feel dizzy."



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    2. Headaches
    "Long term wearing of masks can result in prolonged and repeated episodes of headaches," says Dr. Byakodi. "Headaches may occur due to the band fitting around the head all day, stress from breathing through the mask, or slight changes in oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood," says Dr. Leann Poston.



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    3. Acne
    "Re-wearing unwashed reusable masks or re-wearing disposable masks can lead to inhalation of dust, pollen, bacteria and other particle contaminants trapped within the mask material," says Dr. Barsky. This can clog your pores and cause breakouts, primarily around your chin.

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    4. Development of Chronic Dermatitis
    "In the case of surgical masks, the nonwoven fabric is made by using chemicals to bond the fibers together. Some people who have sensitive skin can break out and develop some form of dermatitis as a result of the repeated exposure," says Dr. Sanul Corrielus. "This can have long term consequences in terms of recurrence and scarring of the skin around the face."

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    5. A Weakened Immune System
    "There are studies indicating that low oxygen levels in the tissues (hypoxia) can suppress some aspects of the immune response," says Dr. Esteban Kosak. "Scientific investigations have proven that a prolonged denial of enough oxygen in the body can cripple the ability of our immune system to tackle infections which is even worse with older and younger people."


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    6. Skin Wrinkles
    According to Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin, MD, Dermatologist and Editor at DermBoard, another effect of long term face mask use is: "new patterns of skin wrinkling." It's best to stock up on some lotions and facial moisturizers.

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    7. Development of Chronic Respiratory Conditions
    "In the case of the surgical masks which are made of nonwoven fabric, the exposure for some people can trigger an asthma-like inflammatory response in the lungs," says Dr. Corrielus. "This is likely due to the inhalation of the microfibers in the material that forms the masks."

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