Can masks cause a sore throat? In some cases yes, here is the answer of a doctor consulted on the subject.
We all know how important it is to wear masks to prevent coronavirus infection, however there is no lack of "unwanted effects". Just to name a few, fogged glasses, acne, skin irritations, even anxiety due to prolonged use. And now to the list is added the sore throat.
Apparently it is on the rise because many people do not wash their masks regularly and as a result bacteria, dust, allergens accumulate on the mask, sometimes causing a sore throat. Another possible cause is the fact that with face masks, you have to speak louder to make yourself understood and this can cause vocal tension, as Neha Vyas explained to HealthEssentials:
“Sore throats can be caused by viruses, bacteria or environmental irritants. They could also be caused by vocal tension (using your voice too much), dry air, or a condition called gastroesophageal reflux or GERD ”.
This is why Dr. Vyas recommends limiting the number of times we touch or remove the mask, and always do it with perfectly clean hands.
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