Common CPAP Mask Problems and Discomfort and How to Solve Them

A recent research estimates that the compliance rate for CPAP is about 60 percent. One explanation for this may be that most users struggle with solving mask discomfort. However, there are easy remedies to these problems that can assist boost compliance rates among your patients. Here are effective ways to solve common CPAP complaints and how to make your mask more comfortable.

How do I get used to wearing a CPAP mask?

Solving mask discomfort

Do CPAP masks cause wrinkles? This is a common question asked by most CPAP users as they seek to know how they can get used to wearing a CPAP mask. The reality is that the less you wear the mask, the harder it will be to get used to wearing it. Try wearing the mask when you are watching TV, reading a book, cooking, or surfing the Internet. If you are wondering how to get rid of CPAP rash that may come from wearing a CPAP mask regularly, do not hesitate to contact your CPAP therapist.

My nose often starts running or get stuffy after wearing the CPAP Mask!

First, it would be prudent to check if your CPAP device comes with a heated humidifier. Typically, these symptoms can be relieved by the use of a humidifier. If your CPAP machine does not have a humidifier, it will help if you considered getting one that allows you to adjust the humidification level. Besides, consider using a nasal saline spray at bedtime to prevent your nose from over-drying.

My mask keeps falling off and is very Uncomfortable to Wear at Night!

Preventing CPAP face swelling
When it comes to getting a new CPAP mask, you must work closely with your doctor and CPAP supplier to ensure that the mask and device suit your needs and that it fits you correctly. You can request your doctor, sleep technologist, or CPAP supplier to show you how to adjust your mask to obtain the best fit. Alternatively, you can read manufacturer product instructions that can help you get a better idea about the proper fit.

I cannot endure the forced air from the CPAP Mask

With continuous over prescribed CPAP use, one can develop CPAP sores inside the nose or CPAP face swelling condition. It is essential to follow the doctor’s prescription on the air pressure setting you should use on your CPAP machine. Remarkably, you can use the “ramp” feature on the CPAP machine that allows you to start with low air pressure followed by an automatic, gradual increase of pressure. Eventually, the CPAP machine sets itself to the pressure you were prescribed by your doctor.

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