List of Head and Face Problems From Wearing Masks


  • Headaches,
  • Exacerbation of pre-existing headache disorders,
  • De novo PPE-associated headaches (PPE is personal protective equipment, such as face masks, N95 respirators, face shields, and other items; de novo, in this specific usage, refers to a headache that did not exist prior to the introduction of PPE and therefore provide a stronger indication that the introduced PPE is a cause of the headache.),
  • Migraine headaches,
  • Irritation of cervical nerves in the neck and head by mask straps,
  • Lightheadedness,
  • Insomnia,
  • Drowsiness, which is qualitative neurological deficits,
  • Dizziness,
  • Syncope, which is the inability to maintain sufficient blood pressure to allow the brain to properly function, thereby increasing the risk of falling,
  • Triggers cerebral ischemia, which is the reduction of blood flow to the brain, thereby reducing the amount of oxygen available to brain tissue,
  • Seizures,
  • Increased brain volume,
  • Decrease in cerebrospinal fluid spaces,
  • Increased intracranial pressure (Generally speaking, as the brain enlarges, pressure on the skull increases.),
  • Increased vasodilation in the central nervous system,
  • Increase in cerebral artery flow,
  • Decreased pulsation of blood vessels in the central nervous system,
  • Damage to blood vessels that supply the brain,
  • Decreased cerebral perfusion (Perfusion is the act of pumping blood through the body, cerebral perfusion is the movement of blood and thereby oxygen through the tissue of the brain.),
  • Deterioration of the hippocampus, which is a particularly oxygen-sensitive portion of the brain,
  • Degeneration of the brain due to reduced oxygen,
  • Neurodegenerative disease,
  • Alzheimer’s disease,
  • Meningitis, which is inflammation of the fluid and membranes around the brain and spinal cord,
  • Autoimmune encephalitis such as basal ganglia encephalitis and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections, which is also known as PANDAS.


  • Obstructs flow of blood vessels in the face,
  • Obstructs flow of lymph in the face.

In his book Face Masks Hurt Kids, Lou Rockwell indicates some issues of wearing mask can be minor. Some issues are major. 

“The broad takeaway from this list for me is that there is no longer any way to say that a face mask is safe for any man, woman, or child to wear,” Rockwell wrote. “Masks are least safe for anyone frail such as the sick, the elderly, and children to wear.”

“There is no excuse to let a person force a mask on your child, not just to get through the door, not because I’m in a hurry, not to avoid an uncomfortable conversation, not just to visit grandma, and certainly not just to get through the day at school. Allowing such behavior is negligent and needs to be stopped. We need to have the hard conversations that stop it. We cannot keep avoiding the issue: people in authority demand the right to place this unquestionably harmful medical device on our children and on others.”

If we cannot summon the will and the wherewithal to stand up for the children in our lives, we have little hope of standing up for the rest of society.

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  1. Some points.

    1. I don’t think most Masks Reduce Oxygen Significantly. They simply don’t fit well enough to do that. But since they don’t fit well, they don’t protect the user either. Using a CO2 Meter in the Mask Area is not fair, as the Lungs, Trachea, and Mouth have areas of CO2 that weren’t exhaled completely, and the Mask is adding very little additional area for the CO2 to be held in.

    2. More restrictive N95s may reduce the exposure to pathogens, but they reduce the oxygen too, at least according to OSHA. For an Employer to Mandate N95 or better, the Employee needs a Yearly Physical to determine he/she is sufficiently fit to wear it, a Fit Test, and Instructions on Use (Training). The Employer needs a Respiratory Protection Program in place as well.

    3. Infections from Masks are a concern, and these will occur because people were required to use them with no Training (and Infections Occur from Masks in people that were trained as well). And I do not believe that Masks have been adequately studied for exacerbating an Infection the wearer may be trying to combat but has been forced to wear it to supposedly protect others. If the pathogen is Airborne, a Mask is unlikely to prevent the infection from spreading to others while retaining the pathogen in the sick to a degree and compounding their recovery. Masks have been analyzed and found to be harboring harmful pathogens, and these pathogens can introduce illness into people they are supposedly protecting.

    I think the performance of the CDC has been reprehensible (I’ll stick to their input on Masks and N95 here), providing no substantive assistance on the issue, with the usage of Masks being more a compliance issue to them, and not an Effect Way to Reduce exposures to pathogens.

    Kudos for bringing this information to the attention of your readers.

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