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hirsc003 Offline

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Machine: Airsense
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: unsure
Humidifier: unsure
CPAP Pressure: 7-14
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Female
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small head? bad mask fit
I've been using my ResMed CPAP for about 2 months with great success. My problem is in finding the "right" nasal pillow. I started out with the Airfit P10 for women, but it is way too big. I tied knots in each of the straps to make them smaller, but it is still too loose and comes off my head during the night. I was then switched to the Swift fx nasal mask and then to the Fisher & Paykel Pilairo Q Nasal Pillows. I'm now wondering if I just have weird facial geometry. With both of the latter two, if the straps across my cheeks are high enough to go above my ears, then they are over my eyes. I can get a snug enough fit, but it is terribly uncomfortable to have a strap over my eyes. I'm a small person, but I've never thought of myself as tiny. I wish I could draw a picture of this. I've been very compliant, but I'd sure like to find a mask with a better fit.
04-06-2015 12:38 PM
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truetopath Offline

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Posts: 421
Joined: Feb 2015

Machine: PR system one 560p auto with a flex
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resumed F10
Humidifier: PR system one
CPAP Pressure: 11
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Lake View, NY

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RE: small head? bad mask fit
I would look into the Aloha too. It's pretty adjustable.
04-06-2015 12:41 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: small head? bad mask fit
Hi hirsc003,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
For some nasal masks, you can get headgear that is reduced size. Good luck to you in finding a mask that will fit, and work well.

trish6hundred
04-06-2015 01:04 PM
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GrammaBear Offline

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Posts: 381
Joined: May 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Air Fit P10
Humidifier: ResMed H5i heated humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 12.2 - 16.2
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Type 1 diabetes - using Tandem T-slim insulin pump, Dexcom G4 CGM

Sex: Female
Location: northern Illinois

Post: #4
RE: small head? bad mask fit
I'm definitely not a healthcare professional, but after reading your post - I was wondering if a 'child's mask' might fit your face and head better? It isn't quite the same, but I have a friend who buys all her socks in the children's section because she has real small feet.
04-06-2015 01:16 PM
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