Most people think of pressure sores as something that happens to those who are bedridden, but it can happen to CPAP users as well. If you’ve experienced this, you know how uncomfortable it is—and how much it can interfere with your sleep apnea treatment! There are three main reasons contact sores can develop with CPAP masks, all of which can be addressed:
- CPAP Headgear Tension
For many people, a tight CPAP mask is the main culprit. If your straps are too taut, your CPAP mask will be digging into your skin for 7 or 8 hours a night. However, the opposite can also be harmful. If the straps are too loose, your CPAP mask will shift and rub against your skin, causing irritation. Try to find the right tension for your headgear so that your CPAP mask doesn’t move, but also isn’t pressing into your skin either.
- Worn-out CPAP Mask
A worn out CPAP mask can cause contact sores as well. The cushioning on the edges breaks down over time, causing irritation. Certain models of CPAP allow for their cushions swapped to be out, so call us today or check out our online catalog if you are considering switching masks. CPAP masks do need to be replaced once every three to six months.
- A Dirty CPAP Mask
Some CPAP masks just need a good cleaning. It’s not good for your skin to be exposed to dirt and oil every night. Get into the habit of wiping down your mask once a day. You can do this using a damp towel and a mild dish detergent, or by using CPAP mask wipes (we have them here). You should give your CPAP mask a full bath at least once a week, where you submerge it in soapy water and give it a good scrub.
If none of these things seem to help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Our experts can help you find the fit you need in order to get a good night’s rest. We also carry a number of items that can help you remain CPAP compliant. Check out our online catalog, or give us a call today!