An eye mask is usually worn to keep light from bothering the eyes. It is capable of much more. It has the potential as a poultice. The elasticity of it’s handle and the flexibility of the eye cover means that you can make up the poultice ingredients and spread them on a couple layers thick of plastic. Hold the ingredients on the area it needs to go on while keeping a hand on the plastic backside of the spread. The mask can be slipped over the plastic to hold it on. If it’s too loose the handle can be twisted or wrapped around the area so the hand or foot can be slipped through the new handle or the handle can be twisted around and knotted if necessary.
Arthritis rubs and creams can be directly applied to the eye cover and put on the knees or other painful areas. You may have to lay the mask over the area and knot or tie the handle on if you don’t want to hold it in place, which is another option to hold the eye cover in place.
Using an eye mask for arthritic rubs and creams can help to keep them from getting on anything else like clothes or furniture. When done wash the mask but if you’re going to be using it to directly apply rubs, creams or poultice ingredients on it’s recommended to have a separate eye mask for the eyes.
The mask can be used in emergencies to apply pressure and stop blood loss from an injury or wound. If possible the mask can be slipped over the wound either with or without tying the handle to keep it on. This will allow an option of putting pressure on the spot without the mask being held. If necessary the mask can be used simply by hand holding it into position and applying pressure.
It also makes a good temporary protective covering to keep dirt out of the wound.
Wash the mask or properly dispose of it if used to stop bleeding.
The eye mask can be used on sprains or to mobilize a broken bone.
An eye mask can be used as an ice pack. It can hold ice on. Place a towel over the area to be iced first and then set the ice in place with the eye mask.
Learning about first aid is a valuable tool in evaluating the situation and acting in response before emergency responders arrive at the scene. It also gives you the knowledge to learn what may further escalate the problem in order that it can be avoided.