Respro Allergy Mask Customer Q & A

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Q1: Will the Respro work for vapors, scents, chemicals? This is what I really need protection against having severe MCS. I have a large respirator already but it can be hard to breathe and do not prefer to wear it in public. Would like to find a thinner mask that blocks out the vapors effectively and that I can breathe easily.

A: It's really hit or miss with MCS. For some people the Respro Allergy when equipped with the optional chemical/particle filters or the Techno mask work well. For others, the Honeycomb carbon does the trick, and for others still, the Vogmask is sufficient. MCS can vary a great deal from person to person, particularly with regard to what triggers it and symptoms. It's going to be a bit of trial and error for you, but you'll definitely want to focus on a mask that has activated carbon or charcoal in it. Basic particle filters won't remove the vapors, odors, and chemicals that can aggravate MCS but carbon/charcoal will. Hope that helps!

Q2: I noticed that the review for the Respro Techno mask said that the filtration was better than the "Aero" mask, which I know was the original name for the Allergy Mask. Does that also refer to the chemical/particle filter for the Allergy Mask? The Allergy Mask was designed more for people who are chemically sensitive, so I'm curious as to whether the Techno replacement filter would be better if I already have the Allergy Mask.

A: No, this is referring to the standard particle filter that comes with the Allergy Mask since the Techno mask filter comes standard with carbon in it. With the Allergy Mask, it's a separate purchase chemical/particle filter w/ charcoal/carbon. Both will have layers that focus on mechanical filtration of particles as small as 0.3 microns and up. Both will also have DACC for filtration of gas and vapor pollutants. The Allergy mask filter is slightly more robust, just in terms of overall thickness. Aside from this, their performance is very similar. Hope that helps!

Q3: I don't see X-Large filter replacements, would the large filter replacement work in the X-Large mask?

A: Sorry, that was an oversight on my part when I created the new page for the XL Chem/Particle filters. I didn't assign them to product so they'd show up at the bottom of this page. They're there now, but here is the direct link The XL particle filters are listed at the bottom of this Allergy Mask page as well.

Q4: We are trying to find a comfortable daily use mask for my fiancĂ©e to wear. He is a handyman who works among a host of tough climates - wet, moldy basements, dusty attics, etc. But we are most concerned about helping to protect him during his visits to clients' homes who have cats. Seems like more and more people have cats and he is highly allergic. He has asthma flare ups regularly as a result from the dander- one of the most difficult particles to filter from what I understand. Any idea if this mask would filter out a good amount of pet dander? THANKS!!

A: I would likely either go with one of the Respro masks. They would help with cat dander, and they're slim, with replaceable filters. I would probably recommend the 8293/8233 by 3M, since they offer full HEPA filtration, but they aren't as slim fitting.

Q5: As part of my work, I am exposed to homes where there are smokers. I am typically in the home for an average of two hours, sometimes with the residents actively smoking. With the use of this mask, what level of smoke inhalation reduction could I realistically expect I.e. 95%? Is it possible to get 100% reduction? If this device is not appropriate, what device would you recommend? Thank you!

A: I would say 90-95% with this particular mask, but ONLY if you use the chemical/particle filters, NOT the particle filters that come standard with the mask. Unfortunately, unless you opt for the 3M 6291 with Multi Gas cartridges, the filtration of the Respro Techno or Respro Allergy w/ chemical/particle filters is about as good as you'll get. The RZ masks offer some filtration of smoke and odors but less than Respro masks. Again, the 6291 is your best bet, filtering more like 99% of odors/smoke, but the look of the mask can be a negative factor for some. Hope that helps!

Q6: Is this a washable mask? Does it have replacement filters? HOw long does it last? Thank you.

A: You can hand wash the neoprene shell. The Allergy Mask does have replaceable filters, either standard particles filters for things like dust, pollen and dander, or chemical/particle filters that will target those types of particles plus nuisance level smoke, odors and fragrances. Filters last for about 50-60 hours of use chemical/particle filters. Particle filters can last a bit longer, but generally replace every three months if you're using it frequently couple hours per day. Filter life will vary some of where you're using it and for how long. Hope that helps!

Q7: I recently found out that i am hypersensitive to mycobacterium that is in the mist or steam that a hot tub produces! Will your mask shield me from this! It is also referred to as Hot Tub Lung and has made me unable to use my hot tub!!

A: Based on the size, between 0.2 and 0.6 micrometers wide by 1.0 and 10 micrometers long, I would probably instead opt for a HEPA rated mask. The Respro Allergy mask would help, but b/c the filtration rate is only about 95% for particle roughly .2 microns in size, HEPA would probably give you better results, 99.97% for particles 0.3 microns in size. I'd consider one of the 3M HEPA masks. Hope that helps.

Q8: Do you have a mask that is suitable for use on a plane by a child who has peanut allergies? It is peanut particles that might be circulating in the air that I am concerned about,and would like to block out.

A: I depends on the age of the child, in terms of fit, but your best option is one of the 3M 8233 or 8293 HEPA respirators. They're soft, have adjustable straps and more importantly, they offer full HEPA filtration of particles, so they're 99.97% effective for particles 0.3 microns and larger, N100 equivalent. A Respro Allergy mask might also work, but their filtration range is a bit less, N95 equivalent. However, sizing for a child will likely be a bit easier with the Respro since as a UK manufactured mask, their sizes run a bit smaller than that of masks made here in the U.S. Hope that helps!

Q9: Hello, I have multiple outdoor allergies grass, mold, tree. Would this be the best mask for me? Thank you

A: This mask would definitely help! It's a great model for most folks dealing with allergies. For the most severe cases you could also consider one of the 3M HEPA respirators the 8233, 8293 or the 6291. While the Respro masks are a good fit for the majority of people, the filtration level of those three 3M respirators is higher, making it better for more severe cases.

Q10: I have two. One, will this mask effectively filter cigarette smokeand prevent it from triggering asthma symptoms? And two, does the mask come with the combined particle and chemical filters, or would I need to order "replacements" to put in before I use it?

A: As it's packaged, no on both counts. The Allergy Mask comes only with the particle filter, which doesn't contain the carbon to adsorb tobacco smoke/chemicals. The Chemical/Particle filters would help with filtering these things. In terms of performance, nothing is guaranteed, as fit and specific conditions of use can vary widely and greatly effect the efficiency of this as well as any mask. For example, will they prevent an asthma attack if you're sitting in a smokey bar or casino? For a while, yes. Will they prevent an asthma attack as you walk along the street where people are smoking? For much longer than the first scenario. Hope that helps.

Q11: How long is the chemical / partical filter good for?

A: 40-60 hours of use. It will vary some depending on specific conditions. You can extend the filter life of the carbon a bit by bagging the mask up between uses. the straight particle filter will typically last a little longer as the carbon in most air filters is used up faster than particle filter media.

Q12: Now that marijuana has been legalized in Seattle, pot smoke is on many busy public streets and I hate it! Would this mask block the pot smoke 100%?

A: It might, depending on how strong the odors are and how close you are to the source. However, you would need to use this mask with the chemical/particle filters. The standard particle filters that come with this mask don't do much in terms of touching odors. For nuisance level odors, it with the chem/particle filters or the Respro Techno will help, but for anything stronger, you would likely have to go with something like the 3M 6291. For most people, it has a little too.... "industrial" look to it, but when you equip it with the Organic Vapor or the Multi Gas cartridges, it will filter our odors at much higher concentrations. I've tried this mask with tobacco smoke, and unless someone is literally blowing the smoke into the these filter canisters, it does a near perfect job of filtering the odors. Now, if you're simply talking driving down the street with the windows down or walking down the street, the Respro Techno might work. It's tough to say exactly considering the conditions of use can vary widely. Hope that helps!

Q13: Is the respro allergy mask equivilent to a n95 mask? My wifes allergist said to get a N95 mask. How does this compare?

A: All of the Respro Techno, Sportsta, and Allergy masks are rated to the EU equivalent of N95. So the filtration will be near identical.

Q14: Due to changes at work I will now be required to work in smoking environments cigarette but I cannot stand the smell of it and after a few minutes I have a hard time breathing and my eyes get red and I get a very bad headache. Which mask would be my best option for protection but also smell?

A: The 6291 with the organic vapor cartridges would be your best bet. It filters the best of all the masks/respirators we carry, particularly with regard to smoke, odors and vapors. Seals well around the face and unless someone is literally blowing smoke into the filters, it does a better job than any of the other masks. The Respro Techno would be your next best option or the Allergy mask with the chemical/particle filters. They're a slimmer fit, less industrial look, but their filtration isn't as good and in places where the concentration is strong you will get some odor coming through. It'll be significantly dimished, but won't completely block it out.

Q15: What mask is recommended for heavy Lab work? Particularly a mask that will be able to filter Sulfuric Acid fumes and other harsh chemicals?

A: For a lab type of environment, your best mask would be the 6291 respirator by 3M. Depending on the particular compounds you're working with, I'd opt for the Organic Vapor cartridges over the straight HEPA filters that come standard with it. When properly fitted, the cartridge helps provide respiratory protection from certain organic vapors at concentrations up to 10 times the Permissible Exposure Limit PEL with half facepieces. A better option would be that mask with another type of cartridge like an OV/AG filter. We only carry the OV organic vapor filters since for most folks who come to us these work best. However, in your case since you did list sulfuric acid, you'll want that dual OV/AG organic vapor/acid gas. Hope that helps!

Q16: If I order respro allergy mask, does it come in with the filter? And if it does what kind?

A: The Allergy Mask comes standard with one Particle filter. So for things like dust, dander, ragweed, etc. it works well. The other filter available is the Chemical/Particle filter, but that is a separate purchase.

Q17: I need the best mask for working in heavy amounts of dust and ammonia odors from working in a horse barn.

A: The best would be the 3M 6291 mask with the optional Organic Vapor cartridges. The cartridges work really well for odors, chemicals, smoke and other vapors that traditional particle filters allow to pass through. The particle filtration of these filters should also keep almost all of the dust particles you'll encounter in the barn. The Respro Techno mask or the Allergy Mask w/ Chemical/Particle filters will help, but the 6291 with those optional filters is the best. Hope that helps!

Q18: Hi! I have two questions about this mask. First of all, how does this mask do as far as protecting from pollen? Second, can the filters be cleaned and reused, or do they have to be replaced after a certain amount of hours? Thanks for your help!

A: No washing, but on average you get about 60 hours of use out of them. If you go with the chemical/particle filters separate, put the mask in a bag between uses since the activated carbon/charcoal will continue to adsorb odors/chemicals even when you're not wearing it. Filter life will vary a bit depending on conditions. In terms of filtration and particularly pollen, they work really well. The filtration level is 95% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. Most pollen grains far exceed that size and trapped by the filters of the Allergy Mask. Hope that helps!

Q19: Are the filters washable? Replaceable? How often? What's the cost ans availability?

A: Replaceable, average about once every 60 hours of use. I always recommend you put the mask/fitlers in a plastic bag between uses to help extend the life of the carbon in the filter. Times will vary a bit based on usage and the level of pollutants you encounter. We have replacement filters almost always in stock. On occasion, because they are a UK product, we may go out of stock for a week or so. Particle filters are $16.95 and Particle/Chemical filters are $23.95. Both can be found on the site.

Q20: Which mask is good for haircolor fumes. I'm a hairstylist allergic to haircolor.

A: The Aero, Sportsta, or Techno, of the Respro brands, are your best bets. The other mask you may want to consider is the Honeycomb carbon mask. It's lighter and less obtrusive. The downside is that it doesn't seal around the face quite as well as the Respro brand masks. And remember if you go with a Respro, you'll need to purchase the particle/chemical filters. These contain the activated carbon you'll want to filter out these fragrances and chemicals. The Honeycomb carbon mask has carbon integrated into the filters as well.

Q21: I live in a mobile home about 50 yards from the intersection of two busy parkways. To what extent does your mask filter out exhaust chemicals such as ozone, nitrogen oxide, aldehyde and other VOC gases?

A: The Aero/Allergy Mask works pretty well, but you'd need to purchase the chemical/particle filter to go with it. Or, you could also go with the Techno or Sportsta mask. Both are designed for more for vehicle pollution come standard with a chemical/particle style filter. The filtration standards are the European approximate equivalent of an N95 mask. And with the chemical/particle filters of the Techno or Sportsta you'll get better filtration of those chemicals, gases and odors than even a straight HEPA style face mask.

Q22: I am an asthma patient and my allergies are diesel fumes, dust, and perfumes. Please tell me which mask suitabile for me.

A: The Respro Aero Allergy mask is a good start. I would suggest you use the chemical/particle filter. Your next best bet would be a Honeycomb carbon mask by I Can Breathe. Both feature some level of carbon in the filters to help filter out those fragrances and fumes. The Respro will give you a better seal around the face. Just notes that both will still allow some odor through if the scent is very strong.

Q23: Thank you for the quick response to my previous question. If I order an Areo mask, does a filter come with it or do I need to buy one seperately when I order?

A: One Particle filter comes standard with each Respro Aero mask. The Chemical/Particle filter would be an additional purchase.

Q24: Can you tell me approximately how often a filter for the Aero mask needs to be replaced?

A: Respro masks were originally designed to protect commuters on their walk or ride to work. They designed them based on a 30 minute outdoor commute cycling or walking each way, in outdoor environments where the World Health Organization recommends some type of respiratory filtration. Based on this, Respro recommends the filters be replaced after 69 hours of use. Additionally, we recommend that should you notice greater difficulty breathing through the mask or find a noticeable increase in odors coming through the filter particularly with the Aero chemical/particle filters that you may want to replace them a little sooner.

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