07-18-2016, 01:01 AM
(This post was last modified: 07-18-2016, 01:03 AM by vsheline.)
The SimPlus is now my favorite mask, but to eliminate mask burping/trumpeting prefer to use two mask liners with it. (Got the idea of using two at once from PaulaO2.)
One liner does the trick fairly well, but two is a charm.
I ignore the advice from RemZzzs to pull on and stretch the liner after the mask is on. I am exceedingly careful not to stretch or pull on the liners, and a pair lasts me a couple weeks or so.
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Getting the right mask is one of the hardest things about cpap. Every face is different - long, narrow, round, fat, high cheekbones, big nose, small nose, big chin, little chin... etc etc There's no one mask that suits everybody, but the Simplus is one that does a better job than most. The holes in the front are a vent to make sure that exhaled CO2 is evacuated. Air should come out of them constantly but shouldn't be noisy. I find that air constantly leaks up the side of my nose and blows in my eyes - that is a major irritation, which I have largely overcome by layering a couple of strips of pyjama material over the bridge of my nose before putting the mask on. If the straps aren't adjusted right the mask will also leak at the side of your face causing face-farts. They are a definite problem!
The straps should be firm enough that the mask won't get dislodged if you move around, but not so tight that the skirt of the mask get crushed against your face. Clean the mask each day with a little mild soap and water, and make sure your face is scrupulously clean before donning the mask. If that doesn't work, you can try a mask liner (Google Pad-a-cheek or Remzz). And if all that doesn't work, you may need a different type of mask.
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