What destroys the silicone, environment , skin oils, washing, or just time? I was amazed when Peter said he could get a year or more. The few people that I talked to locally never got more than a couple months on FFM cushions before they replaced them. I seem to be having the same experience. I am just coming up on two months of therapy with this mask and last night was horrible, by the time I got the leaks to stop I had it cinched up much tighter than comfortable! The rubbing doesn't seem to be helping it seal any better. I guess I will give the boiling a try this weekend. I stopped by my DME and picked up a new cushion so if I kill this one all will still be well.
My doc recommended that I try an astringent facial wash, but that has made my face start to peel and turn red. Back to the plain ivory soap and then maybe just use the astringent occasionally.
What are your thoughts on using the CPAP wipes? Is there use a real detriment to the life of the silicone seals? They are sure more convenient when traveling compared to trying to tote my dawn and wash pan along. I know I don't want to just use the hotel sink either.
Just a reminder? I've been using my machine for many years, and have become much less picky. Plus, being cheap and miserly (no insurance), and also nasal masks and nose pillows can last much longer as the seal is not as complicated as a FFM. I do not wear a FFM night after night (yet). I just got my Quattro Air yesterday (last night,first night) - tough to make it seal in my book. Everyone IS different, but a different mask may make life easier for you?
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
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11-02-2013, 05:02 PM
(This post was last modified: 11-04-2013, 11:03 PM by archangle.)
I always dishwashed my ComfortGel mask parts after a week of use, and never used anything else to clean them. I'd also switch masks weekly and let the clean one sit and dry out for a week. I'd get a year or two of usage.
I'm following the same plan with Swift FX masks with no obvious problems, but I haven't been using them for more than about 6 months yet.
Maybe the various hand dishwashing soaps, etc. have hand softeners, moisturizers, whatever, and they soften the silicone over time. The deep clean with hot water seems to work fine for me.
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