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Friday 3 May 2024

A. New use for face masks?

For the past few days, I’ve been grappling with a pesky cold. You know the drill—sneezing, coughing, and feeling generally miserable. But my main nemesis during this ordeal has been my nose. Oh, the rhinorrhea! It’s been flowing like a waterfall, and I’ve tried everything in my arsenal to combat it.

I’ve delved into the world of home remedies, following the well-trodden path of nasal spray, steamy hot showers, and copious amounts of liquids. I’ve even experimented with various oils, including the ever-mysterious tea tree oil. These remedies provided some relief, but they demanded regular repetition. And then there were the over-the-counter medications—decongestants and antihistamines—each with its own set of pros and cons.

Among the medications, pseudoephedrine emerged as the unsung hero. But alas, it’s like chasing after a rare Pokémon—it’s restricted, and its impact on sleep is less than stellar. So there I was, caught in the eternal struggle between a runny nose and a good night’s rest.

And then, fate intervened. Today, with an appointment looming, I decided to don the humble blue surgical mask—the kind you’d find in any hospital. My motivation? To prevent my germs from staging a hostile takeover of the waiting room. Little did I know that this unassuming mask would become my unexpected ally.

As soon as I secured it over my nose and mouth, something magical happened. My rhinorrhea retreated, as if it had received a memo: “Attention, nasal passages! We’re creating a humid environment in here—no need for excessive leakage.” And indeed, that’s the secret sauce behind all those home remedies—the elusive humidity factor.

The beauty of the face mask lies in its simplicity. No need for elaborate concoctions or pill-popping rituals. Just slip it on, and voilà! Relief. It worked for me, and I’m passing on the wisdom. So, fellow cold warriors, give it a shot. Wear your mask with pride (and a touch of mystery), and let me know if it works wonders for you too!

Disclaimer: Always consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice. This anecdotal experience should not replace professional medical guidance.

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