Hi Guys and Gals,
I have just started on this CPAP journey, and the inevitable questions around masks comes to the front. I have indents on my nose from glasses that I have worn for the last 30 years at just the wrong postion that cause leak points on Nasal and full face masks, I have had success with P10 nasal pillows and the F&P Pilairo Q, but both of them seem to make my nose quite sore.
I have been using them for about 2 weeks so far, is this just a method of trying to get the nose "toughened up" to accept it?
Should I be looking for alternates?
Is there something I can put on my nose to ease? I had tried sticking lanolin up my nose without much success. I started on dermaid until I was told by my equipment provider who used to work in pharmaceuticals that it was a bad idea as it would thin my skin? (which I dont quite undetstand)
Help this newbie please...
Welcome to Apnea Board!
Both those masks are good choices. It comes down to what is comfortable for you. With the P10 mask, it's important to use the correct size nasal pillow. If too small, you will have leaks; if too large, you could experience soreness.
You can try Ayr nasal gel or a Lansinoh cream at night. Dermaid is a cortisone cream and should not be used on a long term basis, but temporary use to help with healing is fine.
Welcome to Apnea Board. Someone here will set you straight. There is almost unlimited knowledge between the members here.
With my limited experience I will try to help. I eventually started using Nasal Pillows after weeks of struggling with Full Face Masks and am convinced they are the right way to go.
Now for the advice. I have a big face and nose but after a little soreness found that the correct size of nasal pillow for me was the medium. The large hurt. Also I had soreness at the tip of my nose as I was pulling the headgear too tight. The looser you can get a seal the better. It is a balancing act but tight hurts and does not help the seal.
Hope this helps.
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