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Question Woke up without mask on, large red bump on forehead
Hello everyone,

So I woke up this morning without my mask on. I don't recall even removing the mask during the night.

My forehead felt a little strange as I was getting out of bed so I checked myself in the mirror and saw a large red, swollen bump on my forehead. Size of the bump was a little larger than a half dollar. This is the first time this has happened for me.

The swelling has gone down and redness has gone away but I can still feel the bump is there.

Has anyone experienced this before? I'm curious as to what happened to me during my sleep!

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08-24-2016 12:44 PM
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RE: Woke up without mask on, large red bump on forehead
Yeah my wife hit me in the head for kicking in my sleep and knocked my mask off. Heck of a goose egg . LOL

Seriously. If it was the simplus sounds like its adjusted way to tight on upper side straps.

If its the comfort gel blue you might be reacting to the forehead cushion material OR have it too tight. Or both.

Or your wife may have beaned you betwixt the eyes lol.
08-24-2016 02:21 PM
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RE: Woke up without mask on, large red bump on forehead
LOL, no spouse/partner so maybe it was my dog Smile
08-24-2016 02:36 PM
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RE: Woke up without mask on, large red bump on forehead
Could it have been an insect bite/sting? Maybe something crawled under that part of the mask and got pinched. I'd expect an allergic reaction to me more itchy than a bump.
08-24-2016 02:46 PM
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RE: Woke up without mask on, large red bump on forehead
I got worried:

You woke up without your mask and a knot on your head... First thought was, were you in an alley, behind a bar, next to a dumpster, missing a kidney?

Then I read the rest.

Does that red mark match up with where the mask fits against your forehead? Can it be an allergic reaction? Skin irritation? Or does it seem more like an impact like you hit your head against something during the night while you were asleep and knocked your mask off?

I remember a time I rolled over after sleeping funny on my arm. My arm went dead and when I tried to move it, it flopped down and smacked me in the face.
08-24-2016 02:54 PM
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RE: Woke up without mask on, large red bump on forehead
Hello.
1-I my case the problem was a skin allergy. I cut a piece of cotton fabric and placed between the mask and my skin until the allergy spot disappeared. You must check how are you cleaning the mask too.
2-It could be, that the mask is too tight.Huhsign
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08-24-2016 03:31 PM
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RE: Woke up without mask on, large red bump on forehead
(08-24-2016 03:31 PM)natyprueba Wrote:  Hello.
1-I my case the problem was a skin allergy. I cut a piece of cotton fabric and placed between the mask and my skin until the allergy spot disappeared.

Once in a long while I'll get a sensitive spot.

A suggestion that worked for me: Use medical paper tape. It's made of paper, has a light adhesive, breathes, and is used in hospitals for taping things onto people with sensitive skin. It can be cut with scissors into whatever shape you need. Stick it onto your skin and it acts as a protective layer. Peel it off in the morning.

I won't include the brand or suggestions, but you can do an quick search online and get some ideas. You can find it in any first aid section of any store.
08-24-2016 03:38 PM
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RE: Woke up without mask on, large red bump on forehead
(08-24-2016 02:54 PM)KSMatthew Wrote:  I got worried:

You woke up without your mask and a knot on your head... First thought was, were you in an alley, behind a bar, next to a dumpster, missing a kidney?

Then I read the rest.

Does that red mark match up with where the mask fits against your forehead? Can it be an allergic reaction? Skin irritation? Or does it seem more like an impact like you hit your head against something during the night while you were asleep and knocked your mask off?

Only a very small portion of the head strap for my mask touches the bump. The bump is located above my right eye closer to my hair line.

I've had minor skin irritations from when I started using CPAP back in 2010 but they were mainly near my nose where the mask seal would lie.

Swelling has gone down considerably and the area just feels sore now so I may have hit my head against something. Only thing I can think of is I hit the edge of my nightstand somehow; I don't have a headboard.

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RE: Woke up without mask on, large red bump on forehead
Just came across this accidentally. Most likely an answer has been found, or the OP has given up looking, but what the heck.

Many years ago, before I discovered that I had sleep apnea, I also would wake up with a large red spot in the middle of my forehead. Eventually, after a matter of months, the spot turned a darker color, and didn't disappear after a few hours.

What it was, in my case, is that I would rest my forehead against the bed headboard, with neck angled slightly upward. Apparently this helped me breath, as eventually I would unconsciously do this every night.

After the apnea was diagnosed, I quit propping my head against the headboard, and the now dark perma-mark slowly disappeared.

Your problem may be entirely differant, but at least it is something for consideration. Maybe your CPAP theapy is not working 100%, and you also get some breathing relief by propping your head against the headboard, or maybe wall.
10-09-2016 12:09 AM
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