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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@forrest_gump

I definately am also allergic to the silicone cushion on the masks. My pulmonologist even said I was. The only thing that I found, besides the cloth liners, was a mask that has a memory foam type cushion that is in direct contact with my skin in Lieu of the silicone. I also have a very small face so finding a mask that is small enough and has a good seal is a challenge. The only drawback(s) are the cost and figuring out how to effectively clean it without compromising the foam cushion. Clorox or antibacterial wipes do not suffice. The caustic properties of them get into the foam pores which then comes in contact with my face. I’ve tried actually washing it with a solution of vinegar and water, then drying it with my hairdryer so it dries and doesn’t breed bacteria. It actually worked. Only down fall was also trying to use my hairdryer to speed up the drying process on my tubing…it eventually melted. I know there are mixed reviews about memory foam type masks, but it is the only type that has not resulted in eczema, red, irritated, dry, and burning skin around the mask seal. After switching, it took about 1-2 weeks for my symptoms from the silicone to fully resolve. Direct contact with a straight silicone mask, even if just for 1-2 hours, immediately recreates the same symptoms from the silicone.

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Hello @forrest_gump, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I tried the ResMed AirTouch F20 foam edge mask and did like it a little better than the silicone version. I used CPAP wipes daily on the mask and a SoClean 2 sanitizer daily and had good results. I have since switched back to the silicone version of the mask and use a cloth liner that I can wash and swap out.

@northerner has mentioned the Circadiance SleepWeaver full face mask which is all cloth. I have been thinking of switching and seeing if it works better than what I'm using.

https://circadiance.com/sleepweaver-anew/#mg

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After wearing my mask for years I developed an allergy to it. I ordered two clothe barriers and was disappointed because I could still feel my skin burning. Out of desperation I tried putting both covers on the mask at once and this did the trick.

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@ritalee

After wearing my mask for years I developed an allergy to it. I ordered two clothe barriers and was disappointed because I could still feel my skin burning. Out of desperation I tried putting both covers on the mask at once and this did the trick.

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Hi, @ritalee – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thanks for the tip you shared about what helped with the mask allergy, using both cloth barriers at once.

Has your sleep doctor weighed in on why this may have done the trick?

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Hi there,

I too have developed blistering contact dermatitis from my cpap and I have been using ResMed products for 9 to 10 Years following OSA diagnosis. I have identified the contributing source from my SoClean device. As soon as I had stopped use, the dermatitis stopped reappearing. Has anyone had similar experiences?

Dr Y.

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@lyamamoto

Hi there,

I too have developed blistering contact dermatitis from my cpap and I have been using ResMed products for 9 to 10 Years following OSA diagnosis. I have identified the contributing source from my SoClean device. As soon as I had stopped use, the dermatitis stopped reappearing. Has anyone had similar experiences?

Dr Y.

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Hi @lyamamoto, welcome to Connect. I've used a SoClean 2 device since last July with no issues. I have a ResMed AirFit F20 mask with a cloth liner on the mask. Before using the liner I always used CPAP wipes to wipe the mask before putting it in the SoClean machine. Before using the cloth mask liner I would get the CPAP nose by the mask. Maybe others can share their experience.

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