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Post: #1
Mask Leaks success Stories
I am asking for stories on how you have solved your mask leaking problems.

Do you have a perfect fit now??
Do you switch back and forth ?
Have you given up looking for a better fit ?
Do you use glue every night ?
What do you do ?

Thanks for replying.Sleep-well

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08-17-2016 01:57 PM
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Machine: DreamStation Auto, AirSense 10 Auto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Amara View
Humidifier: Philips, AirSense 10
CPAP Pressure: 12-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: 2L added oxygen with CMS50F to check usage

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Location: Florida

Post: #2
RE: Mask Leaks success Stories
I started with nasal pillows then nasal mask and moved on to a hybird mask. I now use a full face mask. I can not keep my mouth shut and do not want to use the chinstrap I have. I am on my third Full face mask They keep getting larger (covering more of my face). I have been happy with the last two. I still get leaks. I have another Full face mask yet to try but it is larger still and have not been able to make myself try it.

So at this time I am happy with my mask and suffer the leaks. I still only get 3 to 4 hours of sleep a day.

But CPAP has helped me a lot, wish I had started sooner.

ThanksSleep-well

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08-17-2016 02:12 PM
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kwhenrykerr Online
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Machine: DreamStation Auto, AirSense 10 Auto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Amara View
Humidifier: Philips, AirSense 10
CPAP Pressure: 12-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: 2L added oxygen with CMS50F to check usage

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Location: Florida

Post: #3
RE: Mask Leaks success Stories
I just read this link http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...ask-issues

It reads as :
At the suggestion of a forum advisor (chill), I just wanted to write about what a godsend a sleep apnea pillow can be if you're having troubles with mask leak or other comfort issues while sleeping on your side, like I used to have.

For anyone who hasn't seen one, they are specially shaped pillows with cutouts for your mask. Most come with a matching pillow cover for washing. Your mask hangs off the edge of the pillow while your head remains supported. They can be stuffed like a traditional pillow or made out of memory foam. I personally found the memory foam version too hard and it still tended to knock my mask off. I've had my filled pillow for years now, and it was a game-changer for me. If you Google "sleep apnea pillows" in Google images, you can see all sorts of available designs.

This is a picture of the pillow that looks closest to what I use:

[Image: Sleep%20Apnea%20Neck%20Pillow.jpg]

Mine was about $50. I've seen versions that are much cheaper - like $15 - but I worried that they weren't as well made or supportive.

I hope this helps some of you! All the best!

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08-17-2016 02:57 PM
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Machine: RESMED AirCurve 10 VAUTO
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RE: Mask Leaks success Stories
(08-17-2016 02:12 PM)kwhenrykerr Wrote:  I can not keep my mouth shut and do not want to use the chinstrap I have.

Have you looked to use a mask like this? http://imgur.com/U7RklCU

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08-17-2016 03:25 PM
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Post: #5
RE: Mask Leaks success Stories
(08-17-2016 01:57 PM)kwhenrykerr Wrote:  Do you have a perfect fit now??

NO!

(08-17-2016 01:57 PM)kwhenrykerr Wrote:  Do you switch back and forth ?

NO

(08-17-2016 01:57 PM)kwhenrykerr Wrote:  Have you given up looking for a better fit ?

NO

(08-17-2016 01:57 PM)kwhenrykerr Wrote:  Do you use glue every night ?

NO

(08-17-2016 01:57 PM)kwhenrykerr Wrote:  What do you do ?

I use a Nail Gun http://imgur.com/a/XzzDY

(08-17-2016 01:57 PM)kwhenrykerr Wrote:  Thanks for replying.Sleep-well

Your Welcome!

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08-17-2016 03:36 PM
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dugdale Offline

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Post: #6
RE: Mask Leaks success Stories
Mask liners for me, no more air blowing into my eyes waking me up, for the first time in years I slept for 8 hrs both nights this weekend
08-17-2016 03:52 PM
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Post: #7
RE: Mask Leaks success Stories
I'm happily using a chin strap, which happens to somehow keep the mask from leaking...don't know why, its not tighter or anything.
I put it over the headgear before attaching the tubing (use an ESON mask).
Tried different masks, tried liners, tried pillow.......3 cheers for chin straps in my book !!!
08-17-2016 06:42 PM
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Machine: aircurve 10 auto set to bipap S mode
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Mask Make & Model: resmed mirage full face or Clear view full mask
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CPAP Pressure: 18.4/12 clearview or 18/13 mir
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Post: #8
RE: Mask Leaks success Stories
I have had pretty good luck with Arama view mask after trying something. At first it made end of my nose very sore. Then I happened to try lifting the silicon plastic so it fit over the nose, instead of against the tip of my nose. It seems to actually seal better that way.
Another trick I have tried for comfort is just purchase some childrens socks and cut a little hole in the toe and put them over the straps. They are very cheap and you can slide them to where you need them.
(This post was last modified: 08-17-2016 07:49 PM by Marthajoy7.)
08-17-2016 07:48 PM
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Post: #9
RE: Mask Leaks success Stories
I started with the Eson nasal, then when to the Simplus full-face, and final to the P10 pillows. Somewhere in there, I learned to open my mouth and let my tongue flop around while I sleep. :dint-know:

So the Simplus works best for now, though sometimes I wear one of the others and a chin strap. The P10 was the best for leaks, the Simplus has a not more places for it to leak and it leaks more for me above 12 cmH2O. I was up to 16 last night and had to strap it on tighter than I ever had to avoid leaks. I also get a lot of face farts towards morning as my skin gets greasy again. If it bothers me enough, I will get up and wash my face and wipe down the mask.

I've tried cloth mask liners and sticky gel pads. Neither was perfect. The gel ones work well IF you can get it on your mask right and get a good seal. However, as sticky as that material is, the oils on my face could defeat its ability to cling.

I have an F10, Amara View, and Mirage Quattro on the way. Hopefully one of those seals better for me.
08-17-2016 08:06 PM
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kwhenrykerr Online
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Machine: DreamStation Auto, AirSense 10 Auto
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CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: 2L added oxygen with CMS50F to check usage

Sex: Male
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Post: #10
RE: Mask Leaks success Stories
(08-17-2016 03:25 PM)icyura10 Wrote:  
(08-17-2016 02:12 PM)kwhenrykerr Wrote:  I can not keep my mouth shut and do not want to use the chinstrap I have.

Have you looked to use a mask like this? http://imgur.com/U7RklCU

I like itThanks

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08-17-2016 08:32 PM
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