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.

I need help I was recently diagnosed with
allergies to elastic which my CPAP is made up from
What else is available

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@mike3030

I need help I was recently diagnosed with
allergies to elastic which my CPAP is made up from
What else is available

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@mike3030 depending on your type of CPAP mask there are mask liners that will fit between your face and the mask to help with allergies. Your best bet is to contact your sleep medicine doctor or a local medical suppy store and see what alternatives may be better for you. What brand/model CPAP mask do you currently have?

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@johnbishop

Hi @northerner, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I've been using CPAP since last July and have been through 4 different masks. I have kind of settled in on the the brother mask you are using (AirFit F20) but I found a CPAP Comfort Cover mask liner that really works well and keeps your face insulated. I tried the AirTouch F20 and it was better that then AirFit F20 without the comfort cover mask liner. Actually the mask liner will work on either mask since they both are the same except for the memory foam vs silicone. They come 2 to a package and are washable. Before I had a shiny CPAP nose that was close to being a really bad sore. The liner made a world of difference for m.
https://www.sleeprestfully.com/CPAP-Comfort-Cover/

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I am concerned about having silicone anywhere near my face now. When I was using the first two masks, (nasal Dreamwear and nasal pillows), I added cloth barriers, but the reaction still continued. I just spotted Sleep Weaver online, the Advance Nasal and Elan models online. These look like they have some potential. Are you familiar with them? I will add more cloth barriers to my AirFit20, meanwhile.

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@northerner

I am concerned about having silicone anywhere near my face now. When I was using the first two masks, (nasal Dreamwear and nasal pillows), I added cloth barriers, but the reaction still continued. I just spotted Sleep Weaver online, the Advance Nasal and Elan models online. These look like they have some potential. Are you familiar with them? I will add more cloth barriers to my AirFit20, meanwhile.

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@northerner I am not familiar with the Sleepweaver mask but their website looks like it might be a promising fit for a lot of folks having difficulties with silicone masks. The only thing that I would miss with this one is easy on and off once you have it adjusted. I like the magnetic clips on each side. This one I think would require you to adjust it every time you take it off and put it back on (thinking about my old person trips to the bathroom at night ☺).
https://circadiance.com/sleepweaver-anew/#mg

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@johnbishop

@northerner I am not familiar with the Sleepweaver mask but their website looks like it might be a promising fit for a lot of folks having difficulties with silicone masks. The only thing that I would miss with this one is easy on and off once you have it adjusted. I like the magnetic clips on each side. This one I think would require you to adjust it every time you take it off and put it back on (thinking about my old person trips to the bathroom at night ☺).
https://circadiance.com/sleepweaver-anew/#mg

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I've called the supply company and they are pursuing this for me. Honestly, my reaction to silicone has been so intense, I'll take the constant adjustments! I'll report back when I've given this a try, assuming it happens. And for the nighttime trips, I can do those with my eyes shut. Must be our long winter nights…

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@northerner

I've called the supply company and they are pursuing this for me. Honestly, my reaction to silicone has been so intense, I'll take the constant adjustments! I'll report back when I've given this a try, assuming it happens. And for the nighttime trips, I can do those with my eyes shut. Must be our long winter nights…

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It would be great to hear how it goes when you receive the new mask. The video on their website shows tips for adjusting the mask and it doesn't look too bad. I'm sure it's comfortable once you get it setup.

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I'll be sure to let you know. The supply company has it on order now.

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@northerner

I'll be sure to let you know. The supply company has it on order now.

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Wow! I got the Dream Weaver Advance Small yesterday and used it for the first time last night. Wow! It is very light to wear, and comfortable. The head gear is elasticized and if need be, you can just whip it off to do nightly necessities. It goes on very easily, also. I had 100% fit all night, didn't need to get up during the night, and was very comfortable. One time I wondered if the machine was working, and it was – it is really quiet with this mask. The hose lies on my head or mouth, wherever I have it hanging, but it is light, so it wasn't long before I didn't notice it. I expect my allergy problems to disappear, I'm pretty sure my eye swelling is diminished and my eyes are not itchy this morning. I think we have a winner!

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@northerner

Wow! I got the Dream Weaver Advance Small yesterday and used it for the first time last night. Wow! It is very light to wear, and comfortable. The head gear is elasticized and if need be, you can just whip it off to do nightly necessities. It goes on very easily, also. I had 100% fit all night, didn't need to get up during the night, and was very comfortable. One time I wondered if the machine was working, and it was – it is really quiet with this mask. The hose lies on my head or mouth, wherever I have it hanging, but it is light, so it wasn't long before I didn't notice it. I expect my allergy problems to disappear, I'm pretty sure my eye swelling is diminished and my eyes are not itchy this morning. I think we have a winner!

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That's good news!

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@johnbishop

That's good news!

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I sure think so. I hope this is of help others who might have similar issues going on…

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I just want to mention that due to a severe allergy to Silicone I have been having a difficult time finding a mask to help. I also began using the ResMed AirTouch with the memory foam lining but I continued to have difficulty. So I called ResMed and spoke with a representative there. Of course we know that the mask is made of silicone. What I did not know was that the memory foam lining is made from silicone elastomer! No wonder I continued to have skin breakdown with this mask. Not only that but my silicone allergy is appearing to get worse. I have a silicone reaction to most of the lotions I have because they contain dimethicone. So those with silicone allergies, check any lotions or products that are applied onto your skin or are made with any products that end with the letters "cone". I had a severe reaction to the silicone in a heart monitor patch that was horrible. Every exposure is worse than the next.

Good Luck and if anyone knows of a solution for a full face bi-pap mask that is silicone free and does not leak with an increase in air pressure.

mymichelina24

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