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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In the past month or so, my nose and surrounding area has become red. I have used a CPAP for years with the same type of mask, with silicone cushions, for most of this time with no such problem. Of the many different styles of masks that I had tried, this one, the under-the-nose DreamWear mask, is the most comfortable. I am looking for a solution.

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@dancingcat

In the past month or so, my nose and surrounding area has become red. I have used a CPAP for years with the same type of mask, with silicone cushions, for most of this time with no such problem. Of the many different styles of masks that I had tried, this one, the under-the-nose DreamWear mask, is the most comfortable. I am looking for a solution.

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Hello @dancingcat, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. The CPAP mask is part that gives most of us the trouble. I think I have been through 6 or 7 different masks. I currently use a ResMed AirFit F20 full face mask with a CPAP comfort cover cover (https://cpapcomfortcover.com/). I tried the Dreamweaver under the nose mask but I have a deviated septum which causes issues with the nose breathing and it didn't work for me. I did find a padded cover that may help with nose and surrounding area problem you are having. The cloth cover made all the difference in the world for me. Here's a mask liner that works for your mask – https://www.padacheek.com/dreamwear-full-face

Another solution is the Sleepweaver line of non silicone masks: https://circadiance.com/sleepweaver/.

Dreamweaver was by far the most comfortable mask for me also when I was able to breath successfully through my nose. Now that I see someone has made a cloth cover I may switch back to the Dreamweaver mask (if I can find it!). Have you tried using a cloth cover between the mask and your face?

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@johnbishop

Hello @dancingcat, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. The CPAP mask is part that gives most of us the trouble. I think I have been through 6 or 7 different masks. I currently use a ResMed AirFit F20 full face mask with a CPAP comfort cover cover (https://cpapcomfortcover.com/). I tried the Dreamweaver under the nose mask but I have a deviated septum which causes issues with the nose breathing and it didn't work for me. I did find a padded cover that may help with nose and surrounding area problem you are having. The cloth cover made all the difference in the world for me. Here's a mask liner that works for your mask – https://www.padacheek.com/dreamwear-full-face

Another solution is the Sleepweaver line of non silicone masks: https://circadiance.com/sleepweaver/.

Dreamweaver was by far the most comfortable mask for me also when I was able to breath successfully through my nose. Now that I see someone has made a cloth cover I may switch back to the Dreamweaver mask (if I can find it!). Have you tried using a cloth cover between the mask and your face?

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The web page for the cpapcomfortcover does have a ling for nasal cushions but on this pages states that "There are no products listed under this category." For their nasal mask page, there is nothing shown for my Dreamwear maks by Philips. Their link to email them is very confusing, so I was not successful.

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@dancingcat

The web page for the cpapcomfortcover does have a ling for nasal cushions but on this pages states that "There are no products listed under this category." For their nasal mask page, there is nothing shown for my Dreamwear maks by Philips. Their link to email them is very confusing, so I was not successful.

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@dancingcat The web page does leave a lot to be desired but I think this is a direct link to the one for the Dreamwear Nasal Pillow mask — https://www.padacheek.com/product-page/barrel-cozy-for-dreamwear-nasal-pillows-only.

@starfish had a similar problem and I believe switched to the cloth mask by Circadiance and may have some suggestions for you. Here is a link to their masks: https://circadiance.com/sleepweaver/

Are you able to work with your sleep medicine doctor or a local sleep medicine store and sleep therapist to help with the problem?

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@johnbishop

@dancingcat The web page does leave a lot to be desired but I think this is a direct link to the one for the Dreamwear Nasal Pillow mask — https://www.padacheek.com/product-page/barrel-cozy-for-dreamwear-nasal-pillows-only.

@starfish had a similar problem and I believe switched to the cloth mask by Circadiance and may have some suggestions for you. Here is a link to their masks: https://circadiance.com/sleepweaver/

Are you able to work with your sleep medicine doctor or a local sleep medicine store and sleep therapist to help with the problem?

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Thanks very much. This is the mask that I have. I have just sent a message to Pad a Cheek asking what the material is that contacts the nose directly. From the photos, it does not look to be cloth like the rest of the item. I do hope it is not silicone.

If I cannot find anything suitable myself, I will need to contact the provider of my CPAP. My sleep medicine MD didn't seem to know very much about the device when I saw him when I first started to use the CPAP.

This is a great forum. Thanks again.

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