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[Equipment] New user - sore nasal bridge
#1
It started as a boil and now after two nights it has a scab.

My therapist gave me a "gecko" skin - but it is translucent and I'm blind as a bat when I take my glasses off to apply the mask...

Is there any other suggestions? Band aid, surgical tape?

I'm using a PR "Easylife" and when I lay down - I loosen the straps and pull down only enough to create a seal...

So far things are going well.. My AHI was 15 untreated in sleep lab, and after two nights the machine reports an AHI of 0.4! I wake up feeling very refreshed, my blood pressure is lower in the morning than when I go to sleep (that's a first for me) - and I've had to reduce the amount of insulin I get from my pump over night by 10%!

All in all, everything is going great - but I'd rather not lose all the skin on the bridge on my nose!?

Heeeelp Dont-know
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#2
I had the same problems starting out. It should go away after a while. I use a silicone pad on my nose bridge when using my nose mask and it has helped a lot. I still get a bit sore and red on the bridge when I wake up. I use a nasal pillow mask instead and alternate between that and the nose mask. I am also looking into an all gel nose mask (which reminds me) and I've heard that those are more comfortable (???).

Don't overtighten or have your mask too loose...I have found that both scenarious do not help with the soreness. Adjust so that you have a good seal while at the same time avoiding the mask to rub on your bridge.

Anyway, best of luck.
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(06-20-2012, 09:47 PM)memnoch1974 Wrote: I had the same problems starting out. It should go away after a while. I use a silicone pad on my nose bridge when using my nose mask and it has helped a lot. I still get a bit sore and red on the bridge when I wake up. I use a nasal pillow mask instead and alternate between that and the nose mask. I am also looking into an all gel nose mask (which reminds me) and I've heard that those are more comfortable (???).

Don't overtighten or have your mask too loose...I have found that both scenarious do not help with the soreness. Adjust so that you have a good seal while at the same time avoiding the mask to rub on your bridge.

Anyway, best of luck.

Thanks... How did you convince them to give you more than one mask? I believe that I was told that they would replace this one with another after 1.5 weeks if it wasn't working out... Are masks RX or can they be purchased without a RX if need be?
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#4
(06-20-2012, 09:34 PM)andersgeorgsson Wrote: Is there any other suggestions? Band aid, surgical tape?
Check Padacheek web-site for mask liners, nose pads and be sure that you are fitting the mask properly.


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#5
Most DMEs have a policy of allowing the patient to try as many masks as possible. Some have as much as 30 days to let the user try a mask before requesting another. 1.5 weeks is an odd amount of time but should be enough to let you know if it will work or not.

Make sure you do not have your mask too tight. Also make sure that the mask fits you right and you are not getting a wrinkle in that spot.

What mask are you using?
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Here is excellent mask fitting guide by jeffy1958
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...GUARANTEED
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#7
Suppliers in USA generally do require Rx for mask purchases. Some, though, like Supplier #10 in the Supplier List do sell mask parts without Rx. If it is awkward or difficult to get the Rx sent to a supplier, then just order parts. Just make sure you order all the parts you need for the mask you want...you'll figure it out.

I had some facial sensitivities also, and I found it easier to get acclimated to the hose when I got a second, different mask and started switching from one to the other every night or two.
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(06-21-2012, 12:38 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Most DMEs have a policy of allowing the patient to try as many masks as possible. Some have as much as 30 days to let the user try a mask before requesting another. 1.5 weeks is an odd amount of time but should be enough to let you know if it will work or not.

Make sure you do not have your mask too tight. Also make sure that the mask fits you right and you are not getting a wrinkle in that spot.

What mask are you using?

A respironics easylife.. It feels great - and i always "relax" the headgear and tighten only enough to silance any leaks... I will talk to the DME this morning and see what she says Smile

Thanks!
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#9
I experienced the same problem that you are having with the nasal mask. The soreness NEVER went away. I went back to my DME, where a different respiratory therapist looked at me and wondered why I was ever given a nasal mask to begin with. She could see that the bridge of my nose was extremely boney and narrow. No wonder, she said, the mask cuts into my nose. She replaced it with nasal pillows, which takes all of the pressure off the bridge of my nose. Although it took a few nights to get those pillows adjusted right so I was getting the same good numbers I had with the mask, the effort was worth it for the comfort I now enjoy. Most DME's will exchange masks/pillows within the first month or so. Mine actually let me keep the nasal mask as a back up. Aalthough I never want to go back to a nasal mask, perhaps with a cold, I may need to.
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#10
I spoke to the DME and she said that she would bring a pillow mask on monday when she comes to download the first 7 days of data - so that we would have options at that time Smile

Normally they want you to use the mask 10 days "to get used to it",
but if it is hurting you - they will swap it quicker.
I'd love to keep it for backup Smile

Geesh - I just went to Supplier #10 and the masks aren't THAT expensive (i use an insulin pump and my supplies for a week of treatment is more expensive than the easylife without headgear!) Unsure

Thanks for your advice Smile
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