fursuiting with asthma?

Discussion in 'Fursuiting and Costuming' started by cosmo-cat, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. cosmo-cat

    cosmo-cat nyako paws

    hi everyone!! i've been making my suit for a while now, but recently i have started to develop symptoms of mild to severe asthma. i was wondering if other fursuiters with asthma have any tips on dealing with this? i still want to fursuit, but i want to do it safely.
  2. tales

    tales Pixel Artist

    Well, I don't have asthma myself, but I know people who do have it. Keep a inhaler on hand, don't go to long with the mask on (meaning you need to plan for some breaks), and you probably want to make sure the head comes off very easily incase of any issues. So long is the chest-padding isn't too bulky, there shouldn't be to much pressure on the chest. If you have a doctor that you are working with, ask them about it.
  3. cosmo-cat

    cosmo-cat nyako paws

    thank you for your tips! some nurses have been helping me out, so i'll ask them. i'll be sure to have my inhaler handy!
  4. OakenheelTheWolf

    OakenheelTheWolf Active Member

    Yeah, I have severe asthma and having an inhaler on hand is a life saver (literally)
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  5. Kellan Meig'h

    Kellan Meig'h Kilted Coder

    If you're making your own suit, do NOT breathe in the fibers from cutting and shaving the fur! Bad Mojo! Really!

    for your own safety, wear a dust mask or a respirator. That stuff is bad because your respiratory system has a hard time moving the thin, light fiber shards out of your lungs. Once your head is built, blow it out with canned air to remove the last of the fibers. Your lungs will thank you.
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  6. xaliceonfire

    xaliceonfire Kiralee

    I have asthma as well. The person who is making my suit is installing a small fan in the snout for more airflow. That might help.
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  7. Keeroh

    Keeroh Shinies Snatcher

    You may want to opt for wearing a balaclava beneath the head. No matter how much you brush and clean and fiddle, there's a load of particulates (faux fur, thread fibers, adhesive residue, deteriorating foam, etc etc.) that will be unavoidable while your head is shoved in there. Wearing the balaclava might be a tad sweatier, BUT it will help keep a barrier between your nose and mouth from all the assorted Ick™ that is unavoidable. Also, wearing balaclavas when fursuiting can help prolong the life of the head. Sweating profusely into a balaclava, and not directly into the lining or foam of the head means less chance of your head becoming a cozy incubator for all sorts of bacteria.

    Also, even if your head is somehow pristine and free of particulates (head made entirely out of silicone? lul) if you're at a an event with other fursuiters, you will get secondhand fluff. Protect ye little lungies with some sort of physical filter barrier. :3
  8. cosmo-cat

    cosmo-cat nyako paws

    oh i do! i wear a balaclava with my head now (when this post was made my head was only like 25% done), and it helps a lot with filtering out all the bad stuff ^^
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  9. Keefur

    Keefur aka Cutter Cat

    I don't have asthma, but the main thing is keeping good air flow. You will be breathing very warm partially oxygen depleted air. The best thing to do, if you can, is to make some kind of vent fan bringing air in through the muzzle and out somewhere else, like the top of the head, an ear, or some place innocuous. I agree with the part about breathing in the fibers, but instead of blowing it out, I would use a vacuum to suck up the bad stuff instead of blowing it into the air. I don't use a fan in my suit, but then again, I used to do attic insulation where temperatures topped 130 Farenheit.
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  10. cosmo-cat

    cosmo-cat nyako paws

    as of now i have a vent through the mouth, eyes, and ears, which for the most part work out nicely. (also hey keefur!)
  11. Keefur

    Keefur aka Cutter Cat

    Hey! Cosmo-Cat!

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