For most of my life, I’ve suffered from viral-induced asthma. While coughing and wheezing are often a constant with standard asthma, viral-induced asthma is triggered by infections such as the common cold or the flu.
My first asthma memory was during my first-grade year. I missed a month of school because of a severe bout of asthma along with a sinus infection, pneumonia, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough). You can blame me for the spread of whooping cough in California that year. I was patient zero, despite having been vaccinated.
The last couple of years my asthma has been well-contained, thanks to a good pediatric pulmonologist and being homeschooled. But this summer, I had a horrible asthma flare.
Beginning with a minor cold I caught in July, my asthma worsened after a trip to my county’s annual fair. I hadn’t considered wearing a mask to protect me from the barbecue smoke and allergens from the farm animals. But this incident inspired me to finally purchase a Vogmask.
Vogmask sells high-quality, reusable filtering face masks. The masks have five layers of filtration to keep germs, mold, ash, allergens, dust, and more from entering your lungs. Vogmask makes it easy to stay stylish with an extensive collection of colorful masks.
For my first mask, I wanted something that wouldn’t clash with other colors. I chose a design with a triangular pattern with shades of black and gray. It has a subtle edginess that suits me. I used the video tutorial to find the size that would fit me best.
Five days after placing my order, my mask arrived. Cue the unboxing! My first impression of the product — as millennial YouTubers say — was how soft the material felt.
When I tried it on, I noticed how easily I could breathe. The fit was snug, perfect for keeping out unwanted particles. The straps around my ears were too small, so I ordered a strap accessory to secure them.
Since receiving my mask, I have put it to the test a few times. Although it doesn’t eliminate odors or smells — a common asthma trigger of mine — it does let me feel stylish while protecting me from smoke and other concerns. I like that the masks are reusable and environment-friendly.
If lung health is a concern for you, I recommend investing in a Vogmask. The cost is totally worth it.
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