Style-Seal masks offer affordable, attractive, and effective alternatives

Those of us who choose to wear a mask to protect ourselves against pollution, allergens and other unhealthy invaders have had a growing number of choices in our efforts to protect ourselves with style. Out of this crowd, the Style-Seal line of masks has caught my attention for their affordability, ease of use, effectiveness, and…



Mask season 2019

Cold and flu season is back again this year. Health authorities aren’t certain how intense this year’s season is compared to last season.  But I’m taking precautions, which means that cold and flu season is also Mask season. My experience with a series of contagious bugs leading to a hospital stay last spring has convinced…



More California wildfires: masks are essential more than ever

The repeated episodes of California wildfires keep getting worse.  For these wildfires, masks are essential, more than ever before.  The Camp Fire in northern California is the worst in the state’s history, and the fires have given many parts of the state the worst air quality in the world. California cities including San Fransisco, Oakland,…



Respro Mask Pro-Seal works to fit, seal around more faces

I know that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been busy with  career and personal things this year. I hope to get back to more regular postings because I certainly have more to write about. This first article in a while will talk about the Respro Mask Pro-Seal. The Pro Seal® is an…



When cold and allergy season overlap, April is the cruelest month

Cold and allergy season have overlapped more this year. This winter has been a long roller coaster alternating between cold and mild weather. As such, pollen begins flying around even as the late winter illnesses continue to pile upon each other. When I went to the ER two weeks ago, I thought it was a…



Masks, hospital isolation, protecting myself and the community

I had an unexpected adventure over the weekend. I went to the hospital ER a few nights ago due to asthma exacerbation and was surprised to find out that my asthma was acting up because of an RSV infection, which stands for Respiratory Syncytial (pronounced sin-SISH-uhl) Virus. While RSV is similar to a cold, it…



The flu mask season of 2018

The influenza season of 2017-18 has reportedly been a serious one. One measure of its seriousness might be in the number of people seen wearing surgical masks in public. I have seen more people wearing flu masks this season than I have in a long time, perhaps even more than the H1N1 epidemic of 2009-10….



The fashion mask I use

I have written a lot about masks over the several months but have said nothing about the the fashion mask I use. I’ve felt, and still feel that I shouldn’t endorse any mask over another in this blog. A mask that works well for me might not work well for someone else, and vice versa….



Flu widespread in 49 US states, flu mask one option

Influenza is unusually rampant this year as 49 US states report widespread flu cases. This could a year to consider adding a flu mask to your health arsenal (though please note my important disclaimer). Three factors make this particular season particularly severe. The first is the that the number of flu cases has tripled over…




What the fog? The challenge of masks fogging glasses

Those of us who wear glasses are quite familiar with the annoyance of putting on a face mask and then suddenly seeing the world fog up around us. Some people I know have said that they would love to wear masks to protect themselves against allergens and pollution, but refrain from doing so because of…