AllergyZone N95 Filter Mask Customer Q & A

AllergyZone N95 Filter Mask Product Details
Q1: I have same problem as Q3. But I wonder how much resistance does the mask effects to breathing at sport cycling? Does it come to foggy glasses due to not sufficient valve capacity at exhalation? Any other model that prevents pollens only?

A: I deeply apologize for the delay! It is certainly not the easiest to breathe through when cycling. Some people have tried different masks while cycling or running and most tend to find that regardless of brand, they just tend to be too restrictive for intense exercise and heavy breathing. In general, the AllergyZone, though, will perform about like the Respro's will the other valved mask brand we carry. Some of the 3M respirators have valves, but they tend to be even warmer to wear than the Respro or AllergyZone models. We should be getting some of the valved Vogmasks in. I'm very interested to see how they test out. In terms of fogging, that almost always happens because the mask isn't fitted to the face properly. So in terms of fogging, it is no worse than any other model. The Respro Aero is a valved particle-only mask. You can upgrade to the chemical/particle filter later, but the particle filter is what comes standard.

Q2: Where is this product made?

A: China. It's one of the few masks we offer that's not made in N. America or the UK. The 3M equivalent, 8210, is made in the U.S. and Mexico you'll see both on the box from time to time.

Q3: Will the N95 protect lungs from inhaling cleaning solvants, paint and lacquer fumes?

A: Niosh rated N95 masks will trap at least 95% of particles 0.3 microns and larger. While this will trap some ultra fine particles, it is not effective against oil based particulate, nor will it remove fumes. A P100 rated masks is your best bet for any oil based particulate, but a mask with at least some activated carbon will trap neutralize odors most of your fumes and odors.

Q4: I'm 38 and have had asthma since I was a child. I also have allergies to most weeds, grasses, pollens, etc. I'm thinking about camping, but I know that even when I sleep indoors with a window slightly open, my allergies flair up. If I sleep with this mask on, is it likely to prevent an allergy flair up while camping in a tent in the woods?

A: It could. In reality, it's going to depend on several factors like how sensitive you are to your known allergens, whether or not your mask stays on your face, etc. But, if the mask helps during regular use and you can keep it on while sleeping, it will certainly help while you sleep. A mask might make your face warm, but if it prevents you from waking up with allergy symptoms, it might be worth it. As a final note, if you want a little better filtration, you might try the 3M 8233. It seals very well around your face and is soft, so it's a little more forgiving if you toss and turn. Plus, it's an N100 mask, so it has true HEPA filtration.

AllergyZone N95 Filter Mask Product Details

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