Allergic to your mask? A Lincoln dermatologist says masks are needed but cause skin irritations

Dermatologists are seeing more patients come in with questions about irritations on their skin due to wearing a mask.
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Dermatologists are seeing more patients come in with questions about irritations on their skin due to wearing a mask.
“Three or four patients a day will talk to me about irritations that are caused by the masks,” says Basler.
Channel 8 talked to one of Lincoln’s top dermatologists, Dr. Rodney Basler, about skin irritations many are experiencing due to wearing masks.
He says it most likely is not allergies but more so irritations that can occur from the fabric or fibers constantly rubbing your face.
On top of that, your breath is causing it to be a damp, warm place for skin abrasions and rashes to appear.
“Usually, they are red bumps that occur around the nose and mouth,” says Basler.
He also says there is the potential that you could see common cold symptoms but it is better to wear a mask.
“It can give you a little bit of a cough from the mask and that’s kind of nasty because one of the things you worry about with the virus is that people have trouble speaking, get a dry cough, and you can get that from the mask,” said Basler.
He says some tips are to use cloth masks if you can, and treat abrasions with over the counter topicals or ones given by your dermatologist.
“5 percent benzoyl peroxide will usually work something in that order if that’s too strong for you, you can use over the counter hydrocortisone or 1 percent hydrocortisone,” adds Basler. “The thing about it is, its not a big deal and it’s not gonna scar you and it’s just a little extra nuisance of wearing a mask and so most people can do that.”
And Dr. Basler points out that it is vital that you still wear your mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.