Is your mask causing headache? Here's how to avoid it

Published on
10/13/2021, 6:41 PM

There are several ways to prevent headaches using masks

Wearing a mask, following social distancing, and washing hands are key COVID-19 protocols.

However, some people find it difficult to wear a mask because it causes a headache due to pain in the TMI (temporomandibular joint).

Since you cannot do without wearing a mask in public places, there are several ways to prevent such problems.

Here is more about it.

How does wearing a mask lead to a headache?

Wearing a mask for several hours can cause pain in the TMI that connects your lower jaw to the skull.

Because masks restrict the movement of tissues and muscles that allow your jaw to move, your nerves affecting the jaw give off pain signals that can cause headaches.

The pain increases when you wear a tight mask.

Can wearing a mask cause migraines too?

Can wearing a mask cause migraines too?

If you wear a mask for an extended period of time, you are changing your normal daily routine. For example, if you have a habit of drinking coffee on the way to work, it is not possible if you are wearing a mask and therefore is likely to get migraines if you miss your caffeine kick.

However, this area has not yet been explored much by scientists.

Some Ways To Avoid Headaches By Wearing A Mask

The very first step is to wear a well-fitting mask that is neither too tight nor too loose.

More than the physical effects of masks, the pandemic has created several mental health issues. People are stressed, which leads directly to headaches. You can try meditation to overcome this problem.

A massage on the cheeks and temples as well as neck stretches can also help.

Some do’s and don’ts when wearing a face mask

Some do's and don'ts when wearing a face mask

Even if you are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, you must still wear a mask.

Wear a mask that won’t pull on your ears.

You need to make sure that your mask properly covers both your mouth and nose.

Avoid wearing a mask while exercising.

After all, you should be able to breathe easily when wearing a mask.