CPAP silicone allergy: Anyone know of other options? Solutions?

Posted by SanibelSandy @sanibelsandy, May 6, 2017

I apparently have developed an allergy to silicone, which creates problems with my cPAP mask since they all seem to be made of silicone. Anyone know of other options? Solutions? I do use a barrier (Silent Night, RemZZs) but at times they slip and I end up with skin break-down.

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My video is on my phone not a laptop.

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@johnbishop

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It didn't work on my phone. Its says its too big. I have no skills in this area either. ***

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@witchypoo

It didn't work on my phone. Its says its too big. I have no skills in this area either. ***

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@witchypoo you will notice that we removed your email address to protect your privacy since Connect is a public forum and anyone can grab your email address for spamming. Members can use the Send private message function of Connect to share contact information.

The Help Center page has step by step instructions for how to send a private message to another member - https://connect.mayoclinic.org/help-center/. Maybe you can private message @mguspixi25 and exchange email addresses?

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@sanibelsandy

I just was fitted with the ResMed Airtouch mask yesterday. It has a memory foam cushion layered on the silicone mask, so what actually comes in contact with the skin is the memory foam rather than the silicone. I had to switch to a full-face mask from the nasal as the Airtouch is not available in the nasal. Used the mask for the first time last night--no skin irritation or pressure marks at all! I am encouraged and hope this will be my answer. Couple of caveats: the foam cushion cannot be washed with soap and water so cleaning the mask requires using cleaning wipes rather than washing with soap and water. The tech who did the fitting stated that fragrance-free baby wipes can be substituted since the cPAP cleaning wipes are a little pricey. My pulmonologist indicated that over time the memory foam can become brittle and pieces can break off; that remains to be evaluated since I just got the mask. I am hoping this will be a long-term solution. We'll see...

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Only had cpap a couple weeks and even with cloth liners I am getting an increase of itchy welts from mask. Was just fitted with this mask because of the lack of silicone. Hope it works better.

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@patrista

Only had cpap a couple weeks and even with cloth liners I am getting an increase of itchy welts from mask. Was just fitted with this mask because of the lack of silicone. Hope it works better.

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Welcome @patrista, I don't have the rash or allergy from silicone but have used the ResMed AirTouch F20 full face CPAP mask in the past along with a CPAP Comfort Cover. I had to stop using the F20 because both the AirFit and AirTouch were making the bridge of my nose extremely sore by morning. It will be great if it works for you. I was told you need to replace the AirTouch memory foam masks every month but I just used the wipes and the cloth covers which I washed often.

I think the key is to not give up on the CPAP and use it daily. If you have any questions on using your CPAP, there are a lot of members here on Connect that may be able to share their experience and offer suggestions.

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Yes when I tried the same size I had on the first one it hit hard on my nose so I went up a size and it hits above my bridge so feels much better.

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@witchypoo

My video is on my phone not a laptop.

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I was diagnosed with rosacea.

But it was later found out that I'm only slightly allergic to my CPAP masks

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