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2022 Sep 01

J Pers Med



Discomfort and Pain Related to Protective Mask-Wearing during COVID-19 Pandemic.


Padua L, Castelli L, Gatto DM, Hokkoku K, Reale G, Pastorino R, Loreti C, Giovannini S
J Pers Med. 2022 Sep 01; 12(9).
PMID: 36143228.


The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic made the use of facemasks mandatory to prevent contact with the virus. Recent studies have revealed that intensive use of facemasks significantly exacerbated pre-existing headaches and triggered de novo headaches. In our experience, some subjects also complain of symptoms of neuropathic pain in the head/facial regions. Until now, the relationship between neuropathic pain and facemasks has not been documented. The aim of the study is to investigate the occurrence of neuropathic pain related to facemask use. It is a cross-sectional survey using a questionnaire, developed following a commonly accepted outcome research methodology. Participants, both health care and non-health care workers, responded to items included in the questionnaire about the type of facemasks, time and manner of wearing them, side effects such as skin lesions, symptoms of neuropathic pain, etc.