Dust Masks - Do you need to wear one when doing housework?

United States
January 4, 2007 6:06pm CST
Many people have mild to severe allergies to dust, mold and to some chemicals. If I am dusting or cleaning an area such as a closet, I have to wear a dust mask. I also take antihistamines to ward off an allergy attack.
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@mythmoh (3994)
• United States
5 Jan 07
i am very much allergic to dust.as far as possible i wont go for the cleaning work at all.but if i have to do,i will wear the mask.similarly for cleaning closets i will wear the gloves.it will be irritating to me if i wash with bare hands and the brush.
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• United States
5 Jan 07
I do not need the gloves for dust and mold. I do need to wear a mask. Even when wearing a mask I still feel yucky. It gets in your hair and on your clothing.
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@stailgate (2364)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I am very allergic to dust and mold, but i do not use a mask. instead before starting work i take a allergy pill.
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@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
5 Jan 07
No, I am allergic to dust and mold both, but I don't wear a dust mask. I just sneeze and cough and get stopped up. LOL.
• Canada
5 Jan 07
I don't know about you, but I have asthma and I still do need to wear a mask.
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@bkwiatv1 (605)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Nope with todays technology there is no need for the masks
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I wish I had a mask to wear when dusting. Talk about a sneezing fit!!! I really do not like dusting because every time I do, I know I am going to start sneezing and not stop until what is in the air settles. But my partner probably would just look at me oddly if I asked to get a dust mask for when I do dust. Of course...he looks at me oddly most of the time anyways with my off the wall ideas. So I guess this wouldn't make any difference. LOL Thanks for the idea! :)
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• United States
5 Jan 07
I wish I wore one yesterday when we took down the Christmas decorations. My sinuses are so bad today. Dang it.
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@umerasif (532)
• Pakistan
5 Jan 07
I dont use any dust masks since I am not allergic to dust or anyother thing at all
@missyd79 (3442)
• United States
8 Jan 07
no i don't
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• India
11 Jan 07
yes again u r saying right, I don;t have any allergies to dust, mold and any chemicals but to clean & save my eyes, hands or face I wear a dust mask when I do dusting or cleaning a house above areas.
@shywolf (4523)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I have an aversion to some chemicals, but I never knew about wearing a dust mask. I'll have to look into that to see if it might help me out! Thanks! ^_^
@zburrou1 (290)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Well if a dust masks help you alot keep wearing it. I use to have to wear one until I got my asthma under control. You show visit www.ask.com keywors:asthma. You can also keyword: dust. They will have so many websites come up that you can visit that might help you better deal with the problem at hand. Most of th time all the information that you are looking for is right at you finger tips. Well check it out and tell me if it helps.
@arlerambabu (1080)
• India
10 Jan 07
Better Even if you are doing your house hold chores,don t think dust is not there. Dust made of tony particles is generally not visible,though dust generated due to heat and smoke can be seen. Dust or not itis safe to take precaution in this highly tech no charged civilisation
@villageanne (8579)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I do wear a mask. I have athma and allergies so bad and it helps me from having so many athma attacks when I clean. My husband also uses them when he does woodworking.
• United States
9 Jan 07
I never really do. When I start having allergy attacks, exercising seems to do it for me - dropping down to do pushups or swinging the kettlebell around always clears up a stuffy nose. I have no idea why, either - it just always seems to work. The worst that happens when my hands touch the cleaning chemicals is that my hands dry out a bit.
• United States
9 Jan 07
I don't wear a mask, but it's a great idea if you get sick from dust or molds. I clean daily, so it doesn't build up too much. Good luck dear. Sorry you get so sick from it.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
9 Jan 07
Poor you!!! I'm not allergic to anything, so I don't get to wear one.