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Bad Seal with Full Face Mask
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Bad Seal with Full Face Mask
I currently use the Resmed F20 mask, it's the best fit I have gotten, but my pressure goes up past 15 sometimes and it leaks. Unless i have it clamped onto my face, it leaks at around midnight, and i get frustrated and take it off. I don't mind it being tight, BUT it literally has to be so tight that it brings my chin back into my neck and causes neck pain.
Any suggestions?
I tried the medium and small, and the small is the best fit. I just feel like there is something I'm missing.
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RE: Bad Seal with Full Face Mask
I started CPAP Therapy with an AirFit F20. Also used it in my in-lab, sleep study. I seemed to have done fine with it. That was until the AirFit F30 came out. That's what I'm currently using now. 

The F30 does a much better job at sealing, and it's much more comfortable. And......if my nose itches at night, I can actually scratch it. 

I still use my F20 once in a while, just for a change. Usually a night or two, then it's back to my F30. 

Anyways, you might want to try the F30. I think though, it's only available in small or medium. I use the medium. I do tend to keep my headgear straps on the snug side. I'm also a side sleeper, and the F30 is more accommodating.
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RE: Bad Seal with Full Face Mask
Hi ts2655! - Welcome

Not all masks are the same. If that is the only brand or model you have tried, then I suggest you look at other ones. Myself for one, have had excellent results using the F&P Simplus and its successor, the Vitera.

Good luck!
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RE: Bad Seal with Full Face Mask
Welcome,

I've used the ResMed F20 with both silicone and memory foam. Silicone AirFit was better than memory foam AirTouch, but neither were leak free. I've done the so tight it hurts and found that means the mask is wrong for me. No mask should cause pain.

I've recently gotten the Fisher and Paykel Simplus and Vitera. Now these are much better for me. MUCH Better than an F20. I prefer Vitera over Simplus due to the headgear bring more comfortable. The Simplus has better top of head adjustment for where the mask sits, an up/down adjustment as it were. Maybe consider either of these F&P masks.

Another important thing, Simplus and Vitera allow lots of sleep movement with almost no leaks. I sleep on my side and back and these don't break seal when I move. They have roll fit bellows that isolates movement so as not to break the seal. These 2 need very light strap tension.
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