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Scaly patches outside nostrals
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Scaly patches outside nostrals
Since I am having so many difficulties with my CPAP machine, I forgot to mention this new problem. For about three weeks now the skin around my nose has been red and and scaly. It looks rather ugly, but doesn't itch. Nothing I have tried has helped make it go away. It seems somewhat connected with my nose being very dry inside. Does anyone have any ideas about this?
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#2
RE: Scaly patches outside nostrals
Might be tightening the mask too tight around your nose.
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The mask is only tight enough not to leak. The problem started suddenly after months without any problem.
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While than I'd start looking at what your cleaning the mask with. You might be having a reaction to type of soap or something.
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Also it's winter.   Drier air. 
  You may need to turn up your humidity setting.
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RE: Scaly patches outside nostrals
While it is probably nothing and can be easily remedied with some soothing ointment, have you considered seeing a dermatologist to rule out serious skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or other dermatological rashes while you are still symptomatic?
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RE: Scaly patches outside nostrals
Thanks for the advice. I will have a doctor look at this again. The first time I went to the doctor, he thought it was part of a bacterial sinus infection, but that test came back negative. Meanwhile I will wash my mask and hose instead of just relying on the SoClean to disinfect it.
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RE: Scaly patches outside nostrals
Might I suggest Control III CPAP disinfectant which is used by hospitals and medical professionals? Follow the directions and it does a great job.
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RE: Scaly patches outside nostrals
The ozone that SoClean uses can cause skin irritation in some people. After washing your mask try going a week without the SoClean.

If it clears up you have a pretty good idea whats causing it.
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RE: Scaly patches outside nostrals
Just wash you mask with warm soapy water and see what happens.
I have seen a few posts around forums where SoClean has been used develop skin problems.
There might be a connection or not and it may be others are just a bit sensitive.
I would just wash it with warm soapy water, rinse well and allow to dry.
See if skin clears up, if not go to the doctor.
I am NOT a doctor.  I try to help, but do not take what I say as medical advice.


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