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Cbarrios Offline

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Post: #1
DreamWear Sores
So this is the only complaint I have with my setup. I developed tiny sores on the side of my left nostril and one under my nose. They developed a white head within two days. They are still a little painful.

Is there any remedy for this? Maybe bandages, a certain cream, should I switch masks for a while, maybe I have my headgear too tight?

The DreamWear is the only mask I have to use tonight. Should I use it? I have been feeling great otherwise. I really don't want to get rid of it since I have to pay cash for any replacement.
(This post was last modified: 08-28-2016 10:43 PM by Cbarrios.)
08-28-2016 10:39 PM
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Cbarrios Offline

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Post: #2
RE: DreamWear Sores
I guess my ultimate question is there a gel or cream I can use while wearing my mask to prevent the sores?

My wife suggested Aquaphor, but from previous experience it's too oily.
08-28-2016 11:20 PM
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Post: #3
RE: DreamWear Sores
Sounds like an infection, I'd try Polysporin or another anti-biotic cream during the day and wash them will with soap before bed. If it gets worse, see a doctor for some real antibiotics.
08-28-2016 11:48 PM
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Ghost1958 Offline

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Post: #4
RE: DreamWear Sores
I had a small bump come up on thr right side as you describe. It was the presence of a lotion, ie sunscreen left on when i took an evening nap.
More likely making sure there is NO oils etc will stop the problem.

A sidenote. I love the Dreamwear but I dont see how a man or woman with short hair uses one.
I have long hair so I jusy ponytail it at night and slip the head strap under it to keep the strap from sliding up the back of my head.

If I were to cut my hair it wouldnt stay on three minutes before falling off.
08-29-2016 12:00 AM
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Cbarrios Offline

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Post: #5
RE: DreamWear Sores
(08-29-2016 12:00 AM)Ghost1958 Wrote:  I had a small bump come up on thr right side as you describe. It was the presence of a lotion, ie sunscreen left on when i took an evening nap.
More likely making sure there is NO oils etc will stop the problem.

A sidenote. I love the Dreamwear but I dont see how a man or woman with short hair uses one.
I have long hair so I jusy ponytail it at night and slip the head strap under it to keep the strap from sliding up the back of my head.

If I were to cut my hair it wouldnt stay on three minutes before falling off.

I clean the area really well with alcohol pads so I do not suspect it's oil. If anything it might be too dry.

You know I have not had a problem with it slipping but then again I had it on super tight.
08-29-2016 12:04 AM
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chill Online

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RE: DreamWear Sores
Super tight is probably way too tight.
08-29-2016 12:07 AM
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Cbarrios Offline

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Post: #7
RE: DreamWear Sores
(08-29-2016 12:07 AM)chill Wrote:  Super tight is probably way too tight.

I relaxed the fit somewhat for tonight. I hope that helps a little.
08-29-2016 12:11 AM
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OpalRose Offline

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Post: #8
RE: DreamWear Sores
Also, try the different size cushions. It may just be rubbing in a certain area.

Ask your doctor for something to help heal the sores that you can use during he day and once healed, use a nasal gel like Ayr gel or a lanolish cream. (Found in baby isles in any drugstore.)

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08-29-2016 05:38 AM
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Post: #9
RE: DreamWear Sores
I've worn the DreamWear mask for many nights. Never had any issues. Didn't wear it at all tight. Leak rate was OK but I've had better results from the P10's.

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08-29-2016 07:18 AM
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Post: #10
RE: DreamWear Sores
Cleaning with alcohol wipes may actually aggravate the issue, it caused skin irritation and problems for me.

Now I just fill the hand basin with warm water, lather up my hands with a block of ordinary bath soap, and then use the lather to wash the mask... haven't had any skin irritation since using that method.
I also wash the humidifier with either a liquid hand soap, or dish washing liquid, by hand in warm water, and then rinse thoroughly in cold running water before drying with a soft towel.

About once a month I put the headgear [minus the mask and frame] in a delicates mesh washing bag and put it through the washing machine with other clothes on a gentle wash cycle.

I have also put it through the clothes dryer, still in the mesh bag, with other clothes on a low heat drying cycle.

Use your own discretion for your own specific headgear to decide if your gear will survive this method with no ill effects.
08-29-2016 07:24 AM
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