Tip 2: ResMed Skin Irritation Guide
ResMed mask cushions are made from silicone which is a hypoallergenic material used in medical appliances and devices.
True allergic reactions to silicone are extremely rare. In fact, skin irritation, sores (pressure sores) and blisters are more commonly caused by other associated factors rather than the silicone material itself.
Possible causes of skin irritation:
- Headgear strap adjustment too loose or too tight
- A poorly fitting mask (either unsuited style or incorrect mask size)
- Worn out mask
- Dirty mask - Silicone can absorb contaminants such as oils, sweat, dirt and creams from your skin. Extended contact with these contaminants during the night may irritate the skin.
If you are experiencing skin irritation, try one of the following suggested solutions:
- Readjust headgear straps. The mask should be as loose as possible while still creating a seal
- Consult your mask user guide or quick-fitting guide, alternatively consult your CPAP therapist for a mask fitting. A different style of mask may provide a better fit
- Inspect mask cushion and frame for wear, stiffness, cracks or breaks. Replace either the mask or parts that are worn out
- Wash mask daily according to user guide instructions, with a product that you would use to wash your face. Mild soap or diluted liquid detergent and warm water (30°C/86°F)
- Wash face before bed (suggested - pH neutral) to remove excess facial oils
- Avoid using facial lotions and creams where your mask comes into contact with your face, as these products may interfere with mask seal and potentially degrade the quality of the cushion over time.
- Place some porous hypoallergenic skin tape (consult your local pharmacy) over sensitive or irritated areas to create a barrier between the skin and the mask
Constant air flow, especially at high treatment pressures, can lead to dryness, nasal irritation and nosebleeds.
Humidifiers provide relief from nasal irritation and dryness by adding warmth and moisture to the air delivered by the CPAP or bilevel system. There are also nasal oil products available in most chemists and pharmacies to help treat and prevent dryness.
Note: If skin irritation problems persist then consult a doctor.
Tip 2: ResMed Guide to Mask Cleaning
Wash the mask system with warm, soapy water.
Do not use soaps with added scents. We recommend plain liquid soap or baby shampoo.
Rinse well and allow to air dry out of direct sunlight.
Separate and hand wash the mask components and headgear in warm, soapy water. Do not use soaps with added scents.
Rinse the components well and allow them to air dry out of direct sunlight.
- Do not use solutions containing vinegar, bleach, chlorine, alcohol, aromatics, moisturisers, antibacterial agents or scented oils to clean any part of the system or air tubing. These solutions may cause damage and reduce the life of the product
- Do not expose any part of the system or tubing to direct sunlight as it may deteriorate the product
- If any visible deterioration of a component is apparent (cracking, tears, etc.) the component should be discarded and replaced.
- your headgear may be washed without being taken apart.
- the dye used in the headgear may run during the first wash