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Any solution to silicone irritation?
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Any solution to silicone irritation?
So I've had sleep apnea for a few years now. I posted on the reddit forum about it and someone suggested I come here and I finally decided to make an account and look around.

I started out with a resmed f10 mask. It was fine, except that I would always have a red outline where it pressed against my skin. I saw the f20 with the foam and gave it a shot and really liked it so that became my main mask.

I decided a couple of months ago that I wanted to try a nasal mask to see if it was more comfortable or would work better/the same. So I actually put it on my Christmas list and my wife bought me the stuff I needed for it. I got an airfit n20 and I ended up liking it. I did open my mouth sometimes while sleeping, so I bought a jaw strap thing and that seemed to help. It was much more comfortable and I didn't feel like I was suffocating (sometimes the full mask with the hot air makes me feel like I'm suffocating. I've woken up gasping for air and had to rip it off). I feel like with the jaw thing helping keep my mouth closed, I wasn't snoring as much (I do still wake up feeling like I've been snoring with a scratchy throat that goes away after maybe 30 mins of being awake).

The problem is, the silicone from the thing leaves the same darn marks and for some reason it leaves a really pressed in bit of skin on the top of my nose. It doesn't feel super tight, but it leaves an indent.

I went back to the f20 for now and it's fine - but I really want to make the nasal mask work because it was far more comfortable even with the jaw strap and I felt better waking up with it (I can't wear the strap with the full mask it's too bulky and uncomfortable). Are there some tricks people have to not get a red face from the silicone? Is there a foam nasal mask I'm missing out on? I shop on Amazon and I prefer to stick with Resmed and I couldn't find any sort of nasal mask with foam on it :\

Anyway - just wanted to come and see what sort of ideas I could get. I've been reading around a bit and seems like people are pretty well versed around here! I don't really track my data but I saw lots of people posting and analyzing stuff; I tried the Oscar thing once and none of it made any sense to me and I haven't touched it since; too confusing for me.
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RE: Any solution to silicone irritation?
I would suggest you try the Resmed Airfit P10 nasal pillows. It is the lightest, most minimal nasal interface available, and very easy to use and maintain a good seal, even for active sleepers.  The Resmed N30 nasal mask is very similar, but uses a cushion that fits under the nose and just up along the side, and does not have the stabilizing openings that fit slightly into the nose that the P10 uses.  Note the P10 does not insert into the nose, it rests under the nares.  My wife and I both use it in different sizes. We have tried the N30, but found it leaked more. Both of these fit under the nose and won't leave marks alongside or on the bridge of your nose.

N30 nasal cushion:
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Airfit P10 cushion:

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