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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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @sanibelsandy, and welcome to Connect. Thank you for starting a conversation about silicone allergy and a cPAP mask. I did some research of my own and it does appear there are some masks that are made from a different type of gel, but it would be best to consult with your physician about the alternative mask types in case that you have an allergy to the other mask types as well.

While I search for some other members who also have a silicone allergy, would you mind sharing a bit more about your situation? How long have you been using a cPAP before you developed your allergy? Has your physician diagnosed your allergy and talked about any other alternatives?

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Hi this is Gizmo I have been using C-pap machine for a couple of months first month was ok, going into second month started having problems. Nose was getting irritated and getting red inside. Then I noticed apneas was were starting to increase I was having trouble breathing through my nose. I am using a nasal mask doctor raised the pressure a couple numbers did help a Little bit than I notice every time I would put the mask on my bp would go high,I would take the mask off bp will go back to normal tried a couple different mask including full face mask same thing would happen and I would always wake-up with brain fog in the morning. Than I tried not using my C-pap machine for two days bp stayed normal and I didnt have brain fog in the mornings
Than I tried using the machine again with a nasal mask and bp shot up within 5 minutes took the mask off and bp went down I know it's something with the mask, will be seeing doctor to see if I am allergic to the silocone in the mask did anyone else have this problem and what did you do to solve the problem

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@gizmo1500

Hi this is Gizmo I have been using C-pap machine for a couple of months first month was ok, going into second month started having problems. Nose was getting irritated and getting red inside. Then I noticed apneas was were starting to increase I was having trouble breathing through my nose. I am using a nasal mask doctor raised the pressure a couple numbers did help a Little bit than I notice every time I would put the mask on my bp would go high,I would take the mask off bp will go back to normal tried a couple different mask including full face mask same thing would happen and I would always wake-up with brain fog in the morning. Than I tried not using my C-pap machine for two days bp stayed normal and I didnt have brain fog in the mornings
Than I tried using the machine again with a nasal mask and bp shot up within 5 minutes took the mask off and bp went down I know it's something with the mask, will be seeing doctor to see if I am allergic to the silocone in the mask did anyone else have this problem and what did you do to solve the problem

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Hi @gizmo1500 — Welcome to Connect. I'm not allergic to the silicone but I have had issues with several masks and one of the masks I was looking to get was the Sleepweaver Anew (full face mask) which is not made of silicone. I finally found a cloth cover for my mask and that has helped tremendously – no more red CPAP nose and cheeks which I think was coming from the flapping and leaks from being too tight on my face.

Sleepweaver also has a nasal version of the mask which may work for you. It would be interesting to hear what your doctor says about the allergy. Do you use a humidifier with a heated hose? Here's a link to the non silicone masks: https://circadiance.com/sleepweaver/

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@johnbishop

Hi @gizmo1500 — Welcome to Connect. I'm not allergic to the silicone but I have had issues with several masks and one of the masks I was looking to get was the Sleepweaver Anew (full face mask) which is not made of silicone. I finally found a cloth cover for my mask and that has helped tremendously – no more red CPAP nose and cheeks which I think was coming from the flapping and leaks from being too tight on my face.

Sleepweaver also has a nasal version of the mask which may work for you. It would be interesting to hear what your doctor says about the allergy. Do you use a humidifier with a heated hose? Here's a link to the non silicone masks: https://circadiance.com/sleepweaver/

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I am going to try and get the nose pillow you sent the link for. I really do not like using the mask it leaves marks on my fase. Lizard

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@goldendoodle

I am going to try and get the nose pillow you sent the link for. I really do not like using the mask it leaves marks on my fase. Lizard

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@goldendoodle, I will be interested to hear how the Sleepweaver mask works for you.

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