cPAP silicone allergy

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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@larkspur725

Hi. I am new to using a CPAP machine and I came across this site when googling how to tell if you have a skin allergy to your CPAP mask. I just started using a ResMed Air Fit F20 mask about a month ago. I have noticed that I wake up with strap marks each morning. That is annoying, but not as bad as the other problem I've started noticing. I keep waking up with tiny bumps in the general vicinity of the air mask. I thought they were pimples, but this morning I have a bump on my right cheek that itches like the Dickens and appears to be fluid filled, but not a pimple. I don't think it is a matter of keeping the mask clean as I have been pretty diligent in cleaning it. I do have extremely sensitive skin. What can I do?

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My wife somewhat continuously had perioral dermatitis (literally inflammation of skin around the mouth) until she changed her mask to a cloth mask. This appeared as raised bumps. Hers wasn't itchy, but any allergic response certainly could be.

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@larkspur725

Hi. I am new to using a CPAP machine and I came across this site when googling how to tell if you have a skin allergy to your CPAP mask. I just started using a ResMed Air Fit F20 mask about a month ago. I have noticed that I wake up with strap marks each morning. That is annoying, but not as bad as the other problem I've started noticing. I keep waking up with tiny bumps in the general vicinity of the air mask. I thought they were pimples, but this morning I have a bump on my right cheek that itches like the Dickens and appears to be fluid filled, but not a pimple. I don't think it is a matter of keeping the mask clean as I have been pretty diligent in cleaning it. I do have extremely sensitive skin. What can I do?

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Hello @larkspur725, With all of my previous masks I had the CPAP nose – big sore spot on the bridge. It wasn't an allergy which I know some people have. I recently switched to the ResMed AirTouch F20 mask which has memory foam edges and is quite comfortable and took care of my sore nose. When I switched the medical store gave me a sample AirFit F20 mask because they use the same frame and headgear and I wasn't sure about the memory foam mask because I've read they only last about a month. The lady at the store said she wipes hers every day with a CPAP wipe since you cannot wash the memory foam mask with soap and water as it destroys the foam. So I faithfully wiped mine with a non alcohol CPAP wipe each morning and put it in the SoClean machine to sanitize it. That was a little over a month ago. The AirTouch mask was pretty awesome for about 3 weeks and I noticed my AHI number getting a little higher so I decided to test my AirFit F20. I had purchased a CPAP full face mask comfort cover which keeps the silicon off of my face and nose and it has been as good if not better than the AirTouch F20 mask. It has been a week wearing it so I washed it in cold water this morning and dried it off and will use the backup comfort cover this evening and for the next week and keep rotating it that way. They sell 2 to a package for $35 – spendy but not bad if they last for 6 months or so by hand washing. They are made of a soft knitted material in the USA. Here's a link to the company that sells them:

https://cpapcomfortcover.com/

So I would try a mask cover to see if it helps. The memory foam is also a good choice but I was just not sure about how long they last.

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I am also having a terrible time with the nose piece. The inside of my nose is raw, they told me to put hemmororid cream in my nose but I don’t know how much longer I can take it. Is there anyone who makes them out of something else?…

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Do you sleep on your side with 2 pillows?

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@goldendoodle

I am also having a terrible time with the nose piece. The inside of my nose is raw, they told me to put hemmororid cream in my nose but I don’t know how much longer I can take it. Is there anyone who makes them out of something else?…

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Hi @goldendoodle, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. What type of mask are you using that causes the inside of your nose to get raw? Is it a nose pillow type? I use a full face mask with silicone cushion but I also have a CPAP Comfort Cover that fits over it between my face and the mask and really helps. I had tried another version of the mask I use a ResMed Air Touch F20 which uses a memory foam mask instead of silicone and it is pretty comfortable and doesn't rub the bridge of my nose.

John

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@johnbishop

Hi @goldendoodle, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. What type of mask are you using that causes the inside of your nose to get raw? Is it a nose pillow type? I use a full face mask with silicone cushion but I also have a CPAP Comfort Cover that fits over it between my face and the mask and really helps. I had tried another version of the mask I use a ResMed Air Touch F20 which uses a memory foam mask instead of silicone and it is pretty comfortable and doesn't rub the bridge of my nose.

John

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Yes I use the nose pillow. They gave me a cover for the outside of the device so I don’t break out around it, just a very painful scabby n, raw nose. I will call my Dr. on Monday and get what you recommended. I keep thinking I will get used to it. I knew I was allergic to laytex, shellfish, iodine and titanium go figure. Thanks for the help. Happy New Year.

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@goldendoodle

Yes I use the nose pillow. They gave me a cover for the outside of the device so I don’t break out around it, just a very painful scabby n, raw nose. I will call my Dr. on Monday and get what you recommended. I keep thinking I will get used to it. I knew I was allergic to laytex, shellfish, iodine and titanium go figure. Thanks for the help. Happy New Year.

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@goldendoodle I don't have any experience with the nose pillow mask type. I'm wondering if other members who use one can offer suggestions. I'm wondering if it might be the wrong size and/or if they come in different sizes. I was able to work with a local medical store where I bought a SoClean machine to clean the mask and tubing and they were great at helping me with fitting issues. Hopefully your doctor can help you come up with something that works for you.

@thankful do you use a nose pillow?

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@johnbishop

@goldendoodle I don't have any experience with the nose pillow mask type. I'm wondering if other members who use one can offer suggestions. I'm wondering if it might be the wrong size and/or if they come in different sizes. I was able to work with a local medical store where I bought a SoClean machine to clean the mask and tubing and they were great at helping me with fitting issues. Hopefully your doctor can help you come up with something that works for you.

@thankful do you use a nose pillow?

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@goldendoodle, @johnbishop– Greetings! John, I noticed goldendoodle's post yesterday and was at a lost about any suggestions?
Your suggestion about adding the comfort cover seems like a good idea if in fact that will work with there selected mask?
Also as you mentioned having one of those medical supply stores that specialize in C-pap supplies is the best solution. Most often they have everything there and will let you try on different masks and I would think have some options available for what goldendoodle is up against. I would try googling that in your area. Hope that helps. Happy Zzzz's! Jim @thankful

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@thankful

@goldendoodle, @johnbishop– Greetings! John, I noticed goldendoodle's post yesterday and was at a lost about any suggestions?
Your suggestion about adding the comfort cover seems like a good idea if in fact that will work with there selected mask?
Also as you mentioned having one of those medical supply stores that specialize in C-pap supplies is the best solution. Most often they have everything there and will let you try on different masks and I would think have some options available for what goldendoodle is up against. I would try googling that in your area. Hope that helps. Happy Zzzz's! Jim @thankful

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Hi Jim @thankful – I think that's a good suggestion for finding a local medical supply store that has a CPAP therapist on staff or someone knowledgeable that can help you find something that works. The CPAP Comfort Cover is only for some full face masks and mine just happens to be one of them.

Back when I was using the Dreamware Full Face mask I was talked out of trying an Amara View because the lady at the store didn't think I would like it. I was having issues with the Dreamware mask and went to the ResMed Air Touch F20 memory foam mask but she also gave me an Air Fit F20 silicone mask – same thing, different material. I found that the silicone mask with the comfort cover worked better but it's been an up and down battle with it for me. I've had some really good AHI numbers for me and then they go back up and I'm not sure why. I don't like the confined feeling when I first put it on at night but I get used to it once I start breathing and relax. I've been debating for the past month on whether to try something else and tonight's the night. I ordered and just received the Amara View full face mask and it feels comfortable to put it on but the proof will be in the next week or so. If my nose was more open and I didn't have a deviated septum I might want to try a nose pillow even though I breath mostly through my mouth. I do think I do it because of the nose always feeling stuffy. Will let you know ☺

Happy Zzzz's!

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@johnbishop

Hi Jim @thankful – I think that's a good suggestion for finding a local medical supply store that has a CPAP therapist on staff or someone knowledgeable that can help you find something that works. The CPAP Comfort Cover is only for some full face masks and mine just happens to be one of them.

Back when I was using the Dreamware Full Face mask I was talked out of trying an Amara View because the lady at the store didn't think I would like it. I was having issues with the Dreamware mask and went to the ResMed Air Touch F20 memory foam mask but she also gave me an Air Fit F20 silicone mask – same thing, different material. I found that the silicone mask with the comfort cover worked better but it's been an up and down battle with it for me. I've had some really good AHI numbers for me and then they go back up and I'm not sure why. I don't like the confined feeling when I first put it on at night but I get used to it once I start breathing and relax. I've been debating for the past month on whether to try something else and tonight's the night. I ordered and just received the Amara View full face mask and it feels comfortable to put it on but the proof will be in the next week or so. If my nose was more open and I didn't have a deviated septum I might want to try a nose pillow even though I breath mostly through my mouth. I do think I do it because of the nose always feeling stuffy. Will let you know ☺

Happy Zzzz's!

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@johnbishop– John, hope the new mask works well for you! Sounds like you are having a real "Masquerade" ! Sorry, couldn't help myself! Ha, hah…. Happy Zzzz's Jim @thankful

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Well here it is 0 dark thirty and I'm at the computer after dumping the Amara View mask a short while ago and digging out my ResMed Air Fit F20 with a comfort cover. Hate it when this happens. The first night with the new mask was less than what I had hoped for but I got through it – nose was scrunched due to having the mask too tight to stop major leaks. The AHI of 5 for the night was not bad. I found a cloth mask liner that was made for the Amara View and the Dreamware mask that I had a few months ago. I put it on last night and it didn't feel bad. I was able to loosen the mask and it seemed to be working until I woke up and the air I was sucking in felt like it was below zero even with a heated hose and upped settings on the CPAP machine. I think it's due to the "mini" adapter hose – 2 to 3 ft extension hose that attaches between the mask and the heated hose. Getting ready to hit the hay again at 2:45 so we will see how my next 2 hours and 15 minutes goes before my alarm clock goes off and it's time to get up.

Hoping your ZZzzz's are happier than mine right now ☺

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@johnbishop

Well here it is 0 dark thirty and I'm at the computer after dumping the Amara View mask a short while ago and digging out my ResMed Air Fit F20 with a comfort cover. Hate it when this happens. The first night with the new mask was less than what I had hoped for but I got through it – nose was scrunched due to having the mask too tight to stop major leaks. The AHI of 5 for the night was not bad. I found a cloth mask liner that was made for the Amara View and the Dreamware mask that I had a few months ago. I put it on last night and it didn't feel bad. I was able to loosen the mask and it seemed to be working until I woke up and the air I was sucking in felt like it was below zero even with a heated hose and upped settings on the CPAP machine. I think it's due to the "mini" adapter hose – 2 to 3 ft extension hose that attaches between the mask and the heated hose. Getting ready to hit the hay again at 2:45 so we will see how my next 2 hours and 15 minutes goes before my alarm clock goes off and it's time to get up.

Hoping your ZZzzz's are happier than mine right now ☺

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@johnbishop I hope you were able to get some good sleep. I do not have sleep apnea but do have frequent problems sleeping. I end up getting up at about 7:30 and then having to return to bed for a nap later in the morning.
JK

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@contentandwell

@johnbishop I hope you were able to get some good sleep. I do not have sleep apnea but do have frequent problems sleeping. I end up getting up at about 7:30 and then having to return to bed for a nap later in the morning.
JK

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@contentandwell I did sleep much better when I put my other mask back on. I guess I just wasted more money on a mask and headgear I will never use again. Sigh, I keep looking for that magic bullet. You would think I would know better ☺ Humm…I wonder how a box of CPAP masks that I will never use will go over as a White Elephant Party gift (if I add a bag of chocolates in the same box!). The thing is I was so sure that this was going to be the mask that would end my search. I did snooze an hour past my wake up time of 5 am.

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@johnbishop

Well here it is 0 dark thirty and I'm at the computer after dumping the Amara View mask a short while ago and digging out my ResMed Air Fit F20 with a comfort cover. Hate it when this happens. The first night with the new mask was less than what I had hoped for but I got through it – nose was scrunched due to having the mask too tight to stop major leaks. The AHI of 5 for the night was not bad. I found a cloth mask liner that was made for the Amara View and the Dreamware mask that I had a few months ago. I put it on last night and it didn't feel bad. I was able to loosen the mask and it seemed to be working until I woke up and the air I was sucking in felt like it was below zero even with a heated hose and upped settings on the CPAP machine. I think it's due to the "mini" adapter hose – 2 to 3 ft extension hose that attaches between the mask and the heated hose. Getting ready to hit the hay again at 2:45 so we will see how my next 2 hours and 15 minutes goes before my alarm clock goes off and it's time to get up.

Hoping your ZZzzz's are happier than mine right now ☺

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@johnbishop– Sorry to hear about last night! I've noticed many of those newer masks having that short length of hose and wondered why that was necessary? Here's to a better night tonight! Happy Zzzz's John and New Year! Jim @thankful

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@thankful

@johnbishop– Sorry to hear about last night! I've noticed many of those newer masks having that short length of hose and wondered why that was necessary? Here's to a better night tonight! Happy Zzzz's John and New Year! Jim @thankful

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Hi Jim @thankful, I'm not sure why they need the short length hose on the mask. Too bad they just don't supply an adapter that attaches to the mask. I'm sure tonight will go much better with my other mask. Happy Zzzz's and New Year to you also!

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