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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