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Trigeminal Neuralgia | Projects | Re-Breathing Mask | Portfolio

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia is a disease that damages ones trigeminal nerve.  This causes extreme pain to the face.  This pain is triggered by several different factors.  The main two factors are cold air in contact with the face and cold air being taken in through breath.  The purpose of this mask was to treat the issue of breathing in cold air by warming the air one takes in.  Therefore, this mask was made in order to ease the pain for those with the disease.  This mask does this through a process of using one’s own body heat and the heat of one’s breathe in order to warm the air being taken in.  This process starts with the mask itself.  The mask has been designed in order to trap the warm air generated by the occupant’s breath along with their natural body heat, within the mask, which is than insolated by the scarf-like material on the outside.  This trapped warmth will outweigh the amount of cold air taken in through the four holes that were drilled through the front of the mask.  Therefore the cold air taken in by the occupant of the mask is warmed by the larger amount of warm air that already exists between the mask and occupants face, in turn warming each breath.