For many of us, face masks are now an important part of our daily lives and we wear them out and about to help curb the spread of infection. It turns out, wearing a mask made to filter viruses and bacteria has an added benefit: It can filter out pollen, too.
Over the past year, people that suffer from seasonal allergies have reported experiencing fewer symptoms after they started wearing a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. This is great news for the estimated 60 million Americans that suffer from seasonal allergies every year, and means wearing a face mask for allergy protection can be a great solution that reduces annoying and sometimes debilitating allergy symptoms like sneezing, nasal congestion, a runny nose, and itchy eyes.
In fact, people that suffer from severe, chronic allergies have used masks in the past to lessen their symptoms because they do a great job at blocking and trapping pesky pollen, dust, and dander that can cause you to have a reaction.
Because we made our best-selling Enro masks with an impressive PM0.1 filter that blocks particles as small as 0.1 microns in diameter (which is much smaller than your average bits of dust or pollen), we offer one of the best and most comfortable options when it comes to washable face masks for allergies.
Benefits of Enro Masks for Allergy Protection
At Enro, we’ve used our decades of experience in the apparel industry sourcing quality materials and designing comfortable, innovative shapes to create the best face mask on the market, specifically engineered to make mask wearing as effortless as possible.
Wearing a mask shouldn’t prevent you from living your life to the fullest. In fact, because of our masks’ ability to block potentially harmful junk like viruses and pollen, they can actually benefit your day-to-day life by helping you breathe well and be well, no matter where you go.
Here are a few features that make our reusable face masks an excellent choice for whenever you want to give your sinuses a break from the annual wrath of seasonal allergies:
- Innovative Materials- Our lightweight, breathable fabric is not only light-as-air and ultra-breathable, it’s also treated with an antimicrobial finish that helps to keep it cleaner and safer between washings.
- Lab-Tested Effectiveness- Each Enro mask is outfitted with a built-in PM0.1 filter that has been lab-tested to ensure effectiveness at filtering out even the smallest of particles including dust, dander, and pollen.
- 3D-Modeled Fit- Using our innovative technology, we specially engineered a range of mask sizes to comfortably fit every face for easy, all-day wear — so you can keep yourself protected from potential irritants without having to worry about constantly adjusting your mask. A better fit = better breathing and better living.
- Effortlessly Adjustability- A bendable nose clip and adjustable ear loops help you to effortlessly customize the fit of your Enro mask, so it always feels (and works) its very best.
- Sustainability- Buying just a few of our machine-washable masks is sustainable for our planet and your wallet. Able to be washed up to 100 times without losing their effectiveness, our reusable masks are the perfect alternative to disposable masks. It’s a win-win-win for everyone.
What to Know
As you search for the best tools to help ease your allergy symptoms, it’s helpful to know what causes allergies and why wearing a mask can help protect you against them.
Allergy symptoms can happen when people come into contact with tiny airborne particles like dust, pet dander, and pollen. When anyone suffering from allergies inhales substances like these, their body falsely perceives them as a threat and launches an immune response to fight against them, causing those all-too-familiar symptoms like sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose.
Because face masks act as a physical barrier to catch particles before they enter our mouths or noses, they make the perfect tool to stop pesky allergens in their tracks. In fact, pollen is typically 10 microns or larger, meaning one of our PM0.1 filter masks should easily be able to trap it.
Types of Allergens
As we discussed above, allergy symptoms happen when you breathe in something that your body thinks is a threat, but isn’t, launching an immune attack that results in that annoying itchiness and congestion. There are many different types of airborne allergens that might cause you irritation, but they all have one thing in common — you have to breathe them in for them to cause harm, which is why many reach for face masks to help block them out before they can do their damage.
Here’s how you can use a reusable face mask to help avoid some of the most common types of allergens:
Outdoor AllergensAs the name suggests, these particles are often encountered outside and include a variety of pollens released by trees, weeds, grasses, and other plants throughout the year, and even fungal spores.
Because pollen tends to be larger than 10 microns in diameter, and fungal spores range between 2 and 10 microns in diameter, face masks for outdoor allergies should provide an effective barrier against them. We recommend slipping one on when pollen levels are at their highest in any given season to help you limit the amount you breathe in, lessening your seasonal symptoms.
While your home should be a haven from outdoor allergies, there are plenty of particles inside your walls that can cause allergy symptoms as well, and dust is one of the biggest culprits.
Believe it or not, a lot of dust allergens are caused by dust mites — teeny tiny creatures that live in places like your mattress, carpet, and furniture that feed off dust particles and shed waste that can cause you to have a reaction.
Often, dust allergies can be triggered during cleaning activities like vacuuming, dusting, and sweeping, because it kicks the fine, settled dust back into the air where it can be more easily breathed in. For this reason, we recommend wearing a face mask for dust allergies when cleaning your home or visiting a particularly dusty area like attics and basements to help alleviate some of your symptoms.
Dust particles and dust mite waste vary in size, but are usually 10 to 20 microns in diameter, meaning our Enro PM0.1 filtered face mask should have no problem trapping them.
The third most common type of allergen is a huge one: Dander from pets and animals. These particles are microscopic flecks of skin that animals shed into the air and, to those who are allergic to them, they can cause pretty severe respiratory symptoms. These allergens are so small and light, they can remain in the air for hours.
If you have a pet allergy, but want to visit someone that has a pet, a face mask for pet allergies may be just what you need to lessen your reaction. Pet dander particles are usually around 2.5 microns in diameter, meaning our PM0.1 masks should block them.
Save Yourself From Seasonal AllergiesFor many, allergy season can be a truly dreadful time, with allergy symptoms like sniffling, coughing, sneezing, and itchiness affecting your ability to focus and face your day with confidence.
This year, save yourself from the worst of your seasonal allergy symptoms by reaching for a highly effective filtered face mask like our best-selling Enro original. Not only is it lightweight and breathable, it’s able to block out even the smallest and nastiest of particles, so you can breathe well and excel, every day, season, and year.