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Old 05-22-2020, 08:57 PM   #1
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I had claustrophobia since I was a toddler. Now we have to wear a mask when we go out. I'm terrified of face mask. Any suggestions? On how to cope with wearing the mask. I feel like I am fighting for my life.
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I refuse to wear these/ I refuse to even touch these.
I suppose, the best advice I can give you is that: try to think of the good you are doing for everyone around you

you put it on while you are doing what you need too, you come home, you take it off

I know it sounds terrifying (not even I can get my head around it), but try to think like that. the mask is protecting everyone
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I refuse to wear these/ I refuse to even touch these.
I suppose, the best advice I can give you is that: try to think of the good you are doing for everyone around you

you put it on while you are doing what you need too, you come home, you take it off

I know it sounds terrifying (not even I can get my head around it), but try to think like that. the mask is protecting everyone
It just a fear that I have.
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It just a fear that I have.
hopefully it won't last forever.

I'm exactly the same with gloves. I won't wear them.. I think I'd rather stay inside than wear gloves and a mask
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Try it on for a few seconds at a time when you're at home. Gradually increase that time and build tolerance. I think the best way to deal with a fear is to face it. Give it a try and give yourself a lot of encouraging self talk. Pace yourself. Start with 5 seconds if you can. You can do it!

I'm kind of with you, though. I'm not afraid of the mask but I'm concerned about having to wear it for a lengthly period of time. I'll wear a face mask when I'm using my electric saw or painting with a strong chemical. But as for going out in public, I worry about being able to breathe in it for longer periods. I have a deviated septum so I don't breathe well through my nose so that's a concern for me.

Also, I feel kinda silly. I know many people have died or suffered from this virus so it's no joking matter. But.. I just feel silly participating in the hysteria. I can't get passed it. Where I live, we've been extremely lucky and our numbers are quite low.. and maybe that's why I've "under reacted".
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Here in the UK we can use masks or face coverings. A scarf is acceptable and of course, it can be washed frequently.

Personally, I don't use anything. May be inconsiderate but what about my health? About ten years ago, had a very bad upper respiratory infection. Every few weeks I get a build up of mucus in my throat, which I then have to get rid of. The worst thing I can do is keep it trapped, but I do release it at home.

Also recently found out from a pharmacist that masks trap bugs, germs, etc and they are drawn back into your lungs after you sneeze or cough. If you are forced to wear one, why not try making it then you can control size, type of fabric?
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hopefully it won't last forever.

I'm exactly the same with gloves. I won't wear them.. I think I'd rather stay inside than wear gloves and a mask
I understand!
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Try it on for a few seconds at a time when you're at home. Gradually increase that time and build tolerance. I think the best way to deal with a fear is to face it. Give it a try and give yourself a lot of encouraging self talk. Pace yourself. Start with 5 seconds if you can. You can do it!

I'm kind of with you, though. I'm not afraid of the mask but I'm concerned about having to wear it for a lengthly period of time. I'll wear a face mask when I'm using my electric saw or painting with a strong chemical. But as for going out in public, I worry about being able to breathe in it for longer periods. I have a deviated septum so I don't breathe well through my nose so that's a concern for me.

Also, I feel kinda silly. I know many people have died or suffered from this virus so it's no joking matter. But.. I just feel silly participating in the hysteria. I can't get passed it. Where I live, we've been extremely lucky and our numbers are quite low.. and maybe that's why I've "under reacted".
I was traumatized by the tube I had I me as baby although I have no memory of it.
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Here in the UK we can use masks or face coverings. A scarf is acceptable and of course, it can be washed frequently.

Personally, I don't use anything. May be inconsiderate but what about my health? About ten years ago, had a very bad upper respiratory infection. Every few weeks I get a build up of mucus in my throat, which I then have to get rid of. The worst thing I can do is keep it trapped, but I do release it at home.

Also recently found out from a pharmacist that masks trap bugs, germs, etc and they are drawn back into your lungs after you sneeze or cough. If you are forced to wear one, why not try making it then you can control size, type of fabric?
I wish that I knew
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I had claustrophobia since I was a toddler. Now we have to wear a mask when we go out. I'm terrified of face mask. Any suggestions? On how to cope with wearing the mask. I feel like I am fighting for my life.
The soft cloth ones are tolerable to me. I don't like the paper ones because they are scratchy and fit too tightly.
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