Asthma causes : Air Pollution

Asthma is not something that we’re new to, it has been known to cause many problems and discomfort for asthmatic adults and children. Asthma can be deadly if it is not dealt with carefully. Both adults and children can suffer from asthma attacks when exposed to air that is filled with dust and other pollutants.

Normal airway and airway under asthma attack

Air pollution can be caused by different sources, both man-made and natural occurrences. Air pollution includes gases, smoke from fires, volcanic ash and dust particles. A research done by AAFA (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) shows that air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms. A study of young campers with moderate to severe asthma showed they were 40% more likely to have acute asthma episodes on high pollution summer days than on days with average pollution levels.

OzoneImage result for ozone

Source : http://o3organics.com/about-ozone/

A gas, one of the most common air pollutants. It contributes to what we call ‘Smog’ or haze. Commonly found in cities with more cars and also more common during the summer period when there is more sun and lesser winds.

Ozone is very irritating to the lungs and airways, hence triggering asthma attacks. It reduces lung function and make it difficult for us to breathe deeply.

Airborne ParticlesImage result for dusty air

Source: https://www.lph.biz/blog/2018/february/why-is-my-home-so-dusty-/

Another form of airborne pollutants, entering your lungs through your nose and mouth while breathing. People with asthma are at greater risk from breathing in small particles, these particles can make asthma worse.

How does an Air Filter Mask help prevent one from asthma attacks?

An air filter mask doesn’t help to get rid of the air pollutants, but it does help to prevent these pollutants from entering our body. Clean and fresh air is very important for asthmatic patients, therefore, wearing a mask that can filter out the pollutants is very important for them. Many might think a simple surgeon or face mask will be able to block out these pollutants, but in actual, these masks do not help much as the tiny particles can pass through the gaps in between the mask and the user’s face.

Totobobo Masks  are using filters that are able to filter out these tiny air pollutants, most importantly, the PM2.5 and 0.1microns. Even better, our masks are able to be customized to fit and provides a good seal, for both adults and children.

Here are some links for you to have a better insight of how air pollution can be harmful to our bodies, if you’re interested, do take a look!

For Reference:

http://www.aafa.org/page/air-pollution-smog-asthma.aspx

https://www.asthma.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/our-policy-work/air-pollution-affects-asthma/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4465283/

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/ozone-asthma.html

We are also honored to have Dr. Anil, one of our valued customers, give us feedback on how Totobobo Mask has been helpful to him. Being asthmatic and a doctor himself, we can be sure that his opinions are valuable and constructive to other asthmatic patients.

Below are the posts about his review on the Totobobo Mask over the many years:

Letter from Dr. Anil Simhadri, a loyal user of Totobobo mask since 2010

Totobobo mask, mould scrubbing, wheezing and asthma

Why do people choose Totobobo mask? (2)

Letter from Dr. Anil Simhadri, a loyal user of Totobobo mask since 2010

From Dr. Anil Simhadri, a cyclist commuter in London: “From my personal experience of using a mask over the last five or six years I would say is particularly effective at preventing infections such as flu and is very good at hayfever prevention and preventing dust from triggering my asthma.”

Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Buckingham Palace in London
Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Buckingham Palace in London

I was very happy to receive the first letter from Dr. Anil Simhadri back in 2010. He explained how Totobobo mask helped him to continue to cycle in London, dispite the traffic smog and his condition of asthma.
Recently I ask Dr. Simhadra about his long term experience and I was very gratefult to receive a very detail account of his expereince. I think this is very useful for new users as a reference of how Totobobo mask can be applied in different situation and for multiple purposes. Thanks Dr. Simhadri for the permission to publish the letter.

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From London, U.K. Novemebr 4th, 2016
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Dear Francis,

My situation is different because my lungs have always been quite weak. I had Whooping cough as a child and this had affected my lungs. Whooping cough can destroy the “cilia” or tiny hairs along the bronchus/brochioles and this can make it difficult to clear mucus. This means people like me are more prone to infections or flu or other respiratory tract infections.

As a child I used to get through a chest infection every winter. In addition to this I also suffer from hayfever and asthma. I knew when I saw your mask in 2009 that this concept was likely to be a success. Having tried previous masks I immediately knew when I tried your mask that this concept was likely to be a winner.

Currently I find your totobobo mask particularly useful for me for a number of situations:

1) Preventing flu: currently it is flu season in the UK and everyone on the underground seems to be coughing or sneezing. Since the underground is very congested I always use the mask during rush hour. During rush hour one can find yourself packed in like sardines and virtually kissing the other man or woman next to you. If they have the flu then your almost certain to get it unless you are wearing (totobobo) mask. I do remember on your website saying that even F92 filters prevent aerosol droplets from entering your lung. Best of all is to avoid the underground entirely and cycle instead. This way you eliminate the risk of contracting infection and also improve your aerobic lung capacity.

2) During hayfever season in the summer when the pollen count is high outside I get allergic sinusitis or rhinitis. Wearing the mask helps prevent this.

3) Preventing transmission – When I do have a cold like last month I always wore the mask when I was handling my young son who is 6 months oldnas I did not want him to catch anything from me. So this mask help prevent transmission of infection to other family members.

4) When doing spring cleaning the house is very dusty. Since dust mites can worsen my asthma.

Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Birmingham Palace in London
Dr. Anil Simhadri with his Totobobo mask and bicycle in front of the Buckingham Palace in London.

5) When cycling to avoid air-pollution from trickling triggering my asthma. .
Overall for me the mask has been very useful because whooping cough has left me with a weak lung which meant I was much more prone to chest infections. Secondly I have a lot of allergy problems with hayfever , asthma and dust mite allergy.

From my personal experience of using a mask over the last five or six years I would say is particularly effective at preventing infections such as flu and is very good at hayfever prevention and preventing dust from triggering my asthma.If I am in a dusty environment for let’s say 20 minutes I will start to get wheezing and one can hear this on my chest if one listens with a stethoscope.If I then put on the Totobobo mask and stay there for another half an hour in the dusty environment my wheezing will disappear by about 60/70%. So clinically thats a 70% improvement in breathing after wearing the mask for half an hour. Similarly with hayfever. With preventing infections it is difficult to prove.

When I go to India the problems are even worse because pollution there is about five times more than it is here in the UK. For me the Totobobo is a real lifesaver in the dusty polluted environments of Mumbai or Delhi in India. Thanks for all your help.

Regards,

Anil Simhadri
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Matthew’s SuperCool mask

Matthew's SuperCool mask
Matthew’s SuperCool mask. Matthew is using Totobobo F96 filter

I’m a great fan of your super-cool mask. For a while I used a 3M face mask when cycling but found that I got a staph infection in my nose owing to the high amount of moisture it created. Yet without any mask when cycling in London my asthma became very bad. The solution was your amazing Totobobo super-cool mask. There are a number of reviews online, even by competing mask manufacturers which dismiss its efficacy and say how unnatural it is to breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose. What utter nonsense! After only a few days it had become second nature for me to breathe in this fashion when cycling. Now I swear by the mask and am writing with the express wish that you use my endorsement publicly.

Sincerely,
Matthew (London, UK)

In door Air pollution and Domestic Chores

When you discuss air pollution, most people think of the chemicals and particles breathed in when outside. Of course, traffic and industrial pollutants are a real hazard for our health. However, that doesn’t mean we are that much better off indoors. In fact, the air in our homes can be far more polluted than the air outside, even in a major city. Indeed, the Environmental Protection Agency suggests the air inside air homes can be even more damaging to our health than the air outside because of the prolonged exposure to it.

The good news is that many of the pollutants in our home or office lie dormant in the carpet or furnishings, so they do us very little harm when we are just relaxing on the couch watching TV or are sat at our desks working. However, when we do the domestic chores and start vacuuming and dusting, these dormant particles become disturbed and can spread into the air, resulting in our exposure to them increasing. For commercial cleaners, the problem is even worse. Worst of all, prolonged exposure to some of these pollutants in our homes and offices can have quite dramatic effects on our health.

Dust

There is a common misconception that dust is comprised mainly of human skin cells. Actually, the truth is that dust can contain anything, but human skin cells are fairly common, and while breathing in these particles is pretty harmless, some other components lingering in household dust can be much more hazardous to our health. One pollutant found in dust in virtually all homes and offices, is dust mites. Dust mites live in our carpets and bedding, even in the cleanest of homes. As they mainly eat human skin cells, it means our homes and offices are abundant feeding grounds. Dust mites are the leading cause of allergies in the UK and United States and have been linked to causing and aggravating conditions such as asthma.

While dust mites themselves don’t cause these allergies, their feces does, and it is this we are breathing in when we start cleaning the carpets and bedding. Of course, regular cleaning can drastically reduce the number of dust mites in our homes, but even in the cleanest of houses, they will still exist in abundance. Furthermore, vacuuming, bed stripping, and cleaning disturbs the tiny dust mite particles, so when we carry out these activities, we are most at risk of up breathing in this common pollutant.

Tobacco smoke

While everybody knows the dangers of smoking and second hand smoke, what it is less well known is that the particles in smoke can still be harmful a long time after people have stubbed out their cigarettes. Not only can these particles still cause cancer and respiratory problems, but also they can cause throat irritations, headaches and other health problems. Because these particles are fairly large and heavy, they often linger in carpets and curtains, so when you start cleaning, they become airborne again, resulting in you breathing them in. Of course, if there is a smoker in your home, by far the best solution is to encourage them to stop, and there are plenty of products available these days that can help you quit smoking. However, for those that share a home with somebody unable to quit, or for cleaners who have to work in environments where people have been smoking, tobacco particles can represent a serious health concern.

Mold and other pollutants

Another common pollutant in our homes and workplaces is mold. Mold is a fungus, and as such, it puts out spores that can be breathed in. However, in small quantities, mold spores are fairly harmless, but when they land on wet or damp surfaces, the mold grows, producing even more spores, which in greater numbers can cause chest irritations, allergies, and problems with the eyes, nose and throat.

Other potentially harmful particles in the air include wood fibers, particularly from self-assembly furniture as these contain glues and resins that can cause rashes, nausea and asthma attacks. In addition, machines such as computer printers are also pretty hazardous to our health as they spit out tiny particles of ink, ozone and toner, which are all lung irritants. These are of course much more prevalent in offices, which means that commercial cleaners are at an even greater risk.

Totobobo mask

Despite all these pollutants in the home and office, nobody is suggesting you should wear protection such as a Totobobo mask when just sitting on your couch watching TV or sat at your computer working. However, when cleaning, vacuuming, changing the printer cartridge or putting up self-assembly furniture, keeping these harmful particles out of your lungs may reduce potential health problems. Furthermore, for commercial cleaners, protection such as a Totobobo mask is even more important because the prolong exposure to these pollutants makes health problems even more likely.

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Why do people choose Totobobo mask? (2)

For some reason my first post “Why do you choose Totobobo mask?” cannot accept more comments. Here is a second post based on the same question, now including all the earlier comments.

Doctor Anil recommends Totobobo mask for asthma patients

There are many reasons to choose the Totobobo mask. For example, Dr. Anil Simhadri MB MChir (Cambridge) MRCP (London) from UK, he told us:

Doctor Anil Simhadri wear Totobobo mask to protect himself from air pollution
Doctor Anil Simhadri is a doctor /physician in the UK at UCL, and bike daily in London using totobobo mask. He suffers from asthma and has been using totobobo masks since Feb 2010. His cycling performance with regard to speed of cycling has improved by 12%. The mask helps improve his control of asthma. Asthma is a disease of airway hyper-responsiveness. The tracheal airways are hyper-responsive to various triggers. Pollutants in the air as in inner city London can trigger the airways to constrict or narrow. Totobobo masks prevent these pollutants reaching the airways and so help remove the trigger for asthma.

 

I am a doctor /physician in the UK at UCL, and bike daily in london to work using totobobo mask. I suffer from asthma using a ventolin inhaler but since 2010 have been using totobobo masks because I find them very useful. My cycling performance with regard to speed of cycling has improved. Previously I might cycle 6 miles in 1 hour. Now I cycle 6 miles in 50 minutes. The mask helps improve my control of asthma. Asthma is a disease of airway hyper-responsiveness. The tracheal airways are hyper-responsive to various triggers. Pollutants in the air as in inner city london can trigger the airways to constrict or narrow. Totobobo masks prevent these pollutants reaching the airways and so help remove the trigger for asthma.

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Reasons from Totobobo mask users

Chuck Stefanato, a Scrollsawer from Canada told us about this:

I purchased the mask because of the review by Steve Good at the Scrollsaw Workshop. In it he stated that it was very comfortable and did not fog up glasses. Since using it I have to agree, it is very comfortable and you don’t even know you are wearing it. I have asthma and the fine sawdust created by the scroll saw affects it, but using the mask eliminates the asthma attacks. I was using disposable masks previously with limited results, but the Totobobo mask beats them all.

Ken Henschel from Israel

The reason I bought the mask is because I have asthma. However, I enjoy walking to work, which is 5 kilometres (3 miles) from my home. There is a lot of vehicular traffic. I have caught bronchitis and am still coughing. I am hoping to protect my lungs and reduce the burden on my immune system.

Jessica Gibbs from USA:

I am training for a marathon in Chicago and have been getting very sick from the train, bus, truck, car, cigarette and industry fumes. I am a dental student so I have access to lots of different masks, but I didn’t feel any of them did anything when I ran. During the day I constantly taste diesel from the run the night before. I did a lot of searching about the Totobobo mask and it looks like it should help. As a student it’s a lot more money than I can spend, but I don’t want to give up running. I plan on wearing the mask for every run and race

Roger July 4, 2012 at 1:17 am
I chose TOTOBOBO because I ride all over New York City and have developed a terrible lung irritation because of the pollution. From everything I read, this seemed like the best mask both for protection and comfort.

Shady July 4, 2012 at 7:22 am
I had to buy another pair of Totobobo masks because I could feel the difference riding in LA after using them for a few weeks (then losing them!). After living in Cairo, I developed some respiratory issues that have made my lungs sensitive to pollution. These keep me from feeling nasty on my daily bike commute through traffic in Los Angeles.

Jose July 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm
I chose totobobo mask because I used to walk to work along a 8 ways road every day. It’s full of cars and buses, and the smell is relly bad. So I can’t imagine how much pollution is generated there.
I will use it also for any other walking in Madrid. I expect that I can get rid of the itchy throat!

Fran Fitzsimon July 6, 2012 at 5:36 am
I am attending a week-long pastel class with approx. 12 other pastelists. By mid-week there is so much pastel dust in the air that you start to feel it’s affects. I am so happy to have found the solution to this problem with your mask. THANK YOU!

michael stock July 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm
I chose Totobobo for London cycling because the filters are good and one of the mask options only covers the mouth which gives some flexibility. The bigger picture is that thanks to Campaign for Clean Air in London http://cleanairinlondon.org/ we now all know how poisonous the air is and we have to protect ourselves as best we can.

Matthew Ingram July 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm
Heard marvellous things about this filters. Detest my Respro Techno mask!

Sunell July 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm
I just ordered my Totobobo mask!

I’m looking forward to using it because I live in Taiwan and either cycle or take a scooter to and from work. I have constant battles with throat infections and my breathing, both when I’m cycling and at rest. I’ve tried other masks, but found them to be either too uncomfortable, with the headband sliding down all the time and definitely too hot for this climate. I also found that they did not breathe enough and that there was too much condensation.

I read some bloggers’ comments about Totobobo and also clicked through the website. Especially in this climate, I look forward to having a mask that is made from an anti-bacterial material and allow maximum airflow.

I’ll post some feedback after the first month of using it

RJ July 10, 2012 at 8:18 am
I chose Totobobo because I regularly walk to work through a congested downtown loaded with large idling trucks at stop lights and the air quality is terrible.
When I watch the local weather on The Weather Channel, often our air quality is bad due to pollen & particulates.
The other masks out there seem so clunky and industrial compared to the sleekness and light weight of the Totobobo.
I feel very good about incorporating this product into my active lifestyle.

Nicole July 11, 2012 at 6:49 am
I searched several sites to find a mask that could filter heavy air pollution and chose Totobobo biker masks because the info on the site is well written and from diverse sources. The details helped me choose the mask I needed� now it remains to be seen how H O T I’ll feel wearing the mask in India during the summer- hmmm. Anyway, thanks for a great site.

Poonam Chandra July 11, 2012 at 9:13 am
I chose to order Totobobo mark because next month we are moving to India for a few years and pollution levels are sky high there. Totobobo gives us hope to keep ourselves pollution free.

Elena Yuan July 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm
Beijing’s air is simply un-breathable sometimes; I’ve searched through most of the anti-pollution masks available locally but couldn’t find anything to my liking. TOTOBOBO is recommended on the US embassy in China (Beijing)’s webpages. This is the same website giving out hourly pollution level updates to everyone. I think this is worth a try.

Jonathan F July 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm
Being an asthma sufferer who is now planning on cycling a distance to work through the busy, smoggy streets of London, I felt I needed to protect my lungs from the daily polution. Doing quite a bit of research I have found that totobobo face mask offer the top protection I need, along with being customisable and well priced.

Liam July 13, 2012 at 1:37 am
I’ve chosen to buy a totobobo mask for my mum who lives and cycles regularly in Jakarta. She tells me how bad the air pollution is, so I wanted to get her something that could really benefit her health. I have a respro mask, but have found it to restrict my breathing. Based on the reviews, totobobo doesn’t have the same problems. Fingers crossed that works out to be true for my mum!

Robin Baumgarten July 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm
I’m cycling through London, and although doing sport is healthy, many of the benefits might be canceled out because of the air pollution i’m breathing in next to all the car exhausts. After researching on the Internet, the totobobo filters came away ahead, so I ordered them straight away!

 

More reasons from users:

Thana July 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm
I started cycling about a month ago. Having to cycle from the outskirt of Bangkok to the center of downtown regularly exposes me to a lot of air pollution, mostly from the exhaust of motor vehicles. The worst is the bus that sometimes blows black smoke in my face. The masks I found available for sales here aren’t just good enough they don’t fit well and I can’t breath with it on. I don’t want to risk having respiratory diseases so I better get a good quality mask and get it soon. Prevention is better than cure and cheaper as well.

Ron Fisher July 23, 2012 at 3:37 am
After a lot of research on your site and many other we decided this was the mask to try at Burning Man.
Veteran burners recommended them and we will see how they work out in a dust storm on the Playa!
I also bike to work in Vancouver BC and as a past smoker my lungs need all the help they can get.
My partner is an artist and want to try them in her studio. Thanks

Ian July 26, 2012 at 7:25 am
I chose the Totobobo for a good fitting mask after receiving a kidney transplant. It has better air flow that most masks that I have seen and once I am healed I will continue to wear it got taekwondo. I should wear a good mask for about two years after transplant and being able to see the fit, and change the filters is very important to me.

OLIVER July 27, 2012 at 3:49 am
I’ve chosen to buy a totobobo mask for my girlfriend who lives and cycles regularly in Barcvelona. She tells me how bad the air pollution is, so I wanted to get her something that could really benefit her health.
Happy birthday linda!!!

Jackie Nunez July 28, 2012 at 8:12 am
Just ordered my mask.
I’ve been researching masks to bring to Burning Man.
This year is due to be the worst ever for dust storms, due to the drought.
I am looking forward to testing out my mask at Black Rock City!

Sara in China July 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm
I’ve been biking in a large city in China for the past two years, often resulting in a cough that lasts for months. There is the constant tearing down of buildings and new construction going on. I am looking forward to receiving Totobobo masks for both my husband and me! Now can you make one for my dog???

Pascal July 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm
I chose the totobobo mask because I move from the countryside of Germany to a mega city in China. I just want to keep my lung as clean and good in shape as they are now .

Waro July 31, 2012 at 10:30 pm
i live in BKK and occasionally bike on the road traffic and air pollution. i searched the mask to protect my breath from any pollutants in the air and luckily me i found TOTOBOBO that looks like 3M mask and show a pad test in BKK. and then i ordered and look forward to get them in soon.

Max Raymond August 3, 2012 at 4:33 am
I’m a cyclist in London and I love using my bike to get around. For me the daily commute is wonderful, see the city getting the exercise. I can’t get enough. However I really hate breathing traffic fumes be it a harsh blast from a bus, an iggnorent driver reving up in my face or some very simple mined fock who remove the catalytic converters from their engines (disgusting
Not to mention illegal) I choose these mask after being dissatisfied with another brand and reading many great reviews in London cycling media. You will breath easy and gasp at the amount of rubbish that collects in the filters. Ride safe peeps.

Bianka August 4, 2012 at 6:41 am
I have moved from Ilha Grande, an island in Brazil with no cars and no pollution, straight to New York City. Me and my 6 years old daughter bike all the time. The masks will be a must in our lives!

 

More infos:

Protect your lungs when riding in the city

How to choose a pollution mask for cyclist?

How to clean TOTOBOBO mask for reuse?

Beijing: dirty on the outside, clean on the inside?

The Bangalore test

Totobobo mask-Cyclist’s reviews

How to say nay to hay fever?

When hay fever season strikes, sufferers feel the brunt of mother nature on their nose, eyes, throat, and lungs. The itchiness, sneezing, watery eyes, post-nasal drip, and runny nose are sometimes too much to bear. Going about daily activities can be difficult and tiring, or downright painful at times. Taking an anti-histamine or other medication can have little or no effect, and the side affects, like sluggishness or drowsiness, can be equally disruptive to carrying out ones day. Due to these reasons, during the Spring and Summer season, people in Japan look for anti-pollen mask to prevent minor disorders like allergies and seasonal hay fever.

A good filtering mask helps to keep airborne irritants out of the breathing passages and is an effective measure to combat hay fever or other seasonal allergies. Allergens like pollen and dust enter the nasal passage and cause itchiness and swelling in the nose, throat, and eyes and trigger an increase in fluid and mucus production. While in many cases hay fever and seasonal allergies are minor, an estimated fifty million Americans alone suffer from these symptoms. Wearing an appropriate mask minimizes contact with the allergens that cause these physical nuisances. On the other hand choosing the appropriate mask can be a complicated endeavor.

Protective masks can be broadly divided into two types: one time use, disposable respirators and reusable respirators which can be used multiple times. A high quality multi-use protective mask provides the best fit, but often they are bulky and not easy to carry around. They are often more expensive than their disposable counterparts. Disposable respirator masks, on the other hand, are more compact, but sacrifice quality of filtration for convenience. They are easily distorted after one use, so a second is sometimes out of the question. Both types require professional fitting in order to ensure proper fit and filtrationwhich means you need a fit-test every time you wish to wear a protective mask. This severely reduces the convenience of either type of mask if you want guaranteed high-quality protection.

TOTOBOBO mask innovatively solves both the problem of quality and convenience, the best option for combating hay fever and seasonal allergies:

Design: The masks special design and unique material allow the wearer to custom fit the mask to their face; it is held firmly onto the face by a pair of ultra-elastic and flexible straps. They are stronger and longer lasting than rubber. The material is an elastic polymer that is comfortable on the skin. One mask fits all, and can be trimmed with ease to fit any age, shape, or size. When not in use, it folds up to fit comfortably into a pocket. As for weight, it is a meager 20 grams.

Seal: The TOTOBOBO mask forms a snug seal to the wearers face to ensure exclusive airflow through the filter. Unlike other masks, the TOTOBOBO mask combines high airflow with high filtration. The patented body valve design allows low resistance exhalation so that you uninhibitedly take in clean air with each breath.

Simplicity: Whereas other protective masks need to be professionally checked for a proper seal that takes time, the TOTOBOBO mask is quick and easy to check for a safe seal to the face. Both children and adults can use the same mask, one mask fits all!

Filter: The filters are European designed and of the finest quality, capable of keeping out particulates as small as .3 microns. Using static electricity to snag the particles as they enter the filter, the TOTOBOBO mask keeps out everything from motor vehicle and industrial exhaust, cigarette, woodfire, charcoal and incense smoke; biological components such as pollen and mold spores, dust mites and cockroach allergens; fine fibers such as asbestos; to common soil particles and dust.

Health: The mask is anti-viral thanks to Biocote, a silver-ion anti-microbial agent an important consideration when the heat and humidity of the interior of the mask is taken into account. You can further ensure the cleanliness and safety of the TOTOBOBO mask. The mask is easy to clean with soap and water. Best of all, it is reusable. After each use, just replace the filter. The rest of the mask can be used many more times.

Cost: As for economy, the TOTOBOBO can not be beat when it comes to bang for your buck. Compared to the leading competitors on the market, the TOTOBOBO is unparalleled when it comes to value.

Of all the respiratory mask available on the market, TOTOBOBO is the only one to combine these three factors: easy fit-check, easy customization, and easy storage.
When it comes to hay fever and seasonal allergies, the TOTOBOBO mask is a crucial addition to the list of non-medicinal treatments to prevent severe reaction to allergens. The high quality filter keeps 94% of particles as small as .3 micron out of your breathing passages and reduces the irritation they cause. Plant pollen and dander, dust and dirt, animal hair and dander, as well as smoke, soot, pollution, exhaust, mold and mildew are all filtered out of the air before you take a breath with the TOTOBOBO mask. Whether you live in the city or in the country, the TOTBOBO mask keeps airborne irritants that could potentially trigger an undesired allergic reaction out of your mouth and nose.

Totobobo mask hits 25 countries

The recent H1N1 flu triggered a sudden sales increase for face masks and Totobobo, the first customizable face mask is now hitting 25 countries across the world. The reusable mask is more reliable than N95 masks in determining face seal and this feature is greatly appreciated by parents traveling with young children during this holiday season.

a teenage girl wearing Totobobo mask
a teenage girl wearing Totobobo mask

The current H1N1 flu triggered a sudden increase in sales of face masks and Totobobo, the first customizable face mask, is now hitting 25 countries across the world. This is a new milestone for the company, Dream Lab One, the producer of the Totobobo mask.

Travelers, cyclists, wood-turners and artists alike have found this reusable mask highly effective in blocking out polluted air and various irritants. Sales of this reusable mask has increased significantly and it has received rave reviews from users around the world.

“This mask may have saved my life. First, the mask is made out of a rubbery material, so it sticks naturally to your skin. After I found the perfect position on my face for my mask, I no longer have any problems with breathing…at all…period. My nose has cleared up, my eyes are no longer irritated, I don’t cough or sneeze at all anymore. It’s comfortable and it doesn’t fog my glasses! I hardly know I’m wearing it!” said Paula Ford, a satisfied Totobobo user and a pastel artist residing in Tennessee, United States.

Individuals who rely a lot on respiratory masks tend to live in environments that contain either polluted air or airborne disease pathogens. An effective mask helps to filter out polluted air and airborne virus. There are two conditions that determine whether a respiratory mask is effective. First, it needs to seal the wearer’s nose and mouth snugly. Second, the filter material must be able to filter out the smallest of particles.

“Money can buy high quality filters, but a good seal has been a hit-or-miss affair,” said Francis Chu, the designer of the revolutionary mask. His design provides a simple and intuitive solution call VSC (Visual-Seal-Check) for the user to check the face-seal.

Easy Visual-Seal-Check (VSC):
To ensure good respiratory seal, normal N95 mask users can only rely on their ability to feel the air-leak around their face. Such method is not reliable and sometimes it gives a fault sense of security. Francis believes his transparent mask allows users to check the seal intuitively and to ensure minimal seepage of polluted air.

To verify this, he sent the mask to a hospital and compared the Visual-Seal-Check (VSC) with the gold standard respirator fit-test, a high-end quantitative system called PortaCount from TSI Incorporated. The result showed strong correlation (90%) between the prediction of the Visual-Seal-Check (VSC) method and the result of the gold standard fit-test proving his intuitive method effective.

“The Visual-Seal-Check, or VSC, is much more reliable than the seal check found in other N95 masks. This study shows that face-seal can be determined simply by checking the seal through the transparent mask,” says Francis.

5 years old boy wearing Totobobo mask
5 years old boy wearing Totobobo mask

Over half of the recent orders are coming from parents traveling with children. They appreciate the possibility to customize the mask to fit their young children. With the VSC they are more reassured that their children are getting the optimal protection.

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