When you begin CPAP therapy to treat your obstructive sleep apnea, you may encounter some CPAP machine and mask issues. My CPAP Club is here to provide solutions to some of the most common problems our patients face when they first try out their CPAP machine and mask.
Every face is designed differently, and no mask can seal 100% of the time, as air looks to escape every nook and cranny. However, you’ll want to get the best fitting mask and adjust your headgear properly to have the best seal while you lay down for the night. Also, before using your equipment, make sure your face is clean and free from moisturizers, makeup, or creams. This will prevent your mask from slipping throughout the night while you sleep.
If you often wake up with water in your CPAP mask or tubing, your humidifier is on too high. Start at the first setting (1) and gradually increase as necessary each night.
If you use a full face mask and turn your humidifier up all the way, and are still experiencing dry mouth, try adding a chin strap to your headgear. This is often helpful under these circumstance because it will prevent you from keeping your mouth open and having more moisture evaporate. Additionally, your doctor may need to adjust some of your medications if he or she feels that it may be contributing to your dry mouth.
If you are experiencing a cut on the bridge of your nose while using your CPAP mask, this means your mask is probably too tight, and we suggest that you loosen it a bit. Also, put some zinc oxide, a band-aid, or skin tape on the affected area, but do not discontinue your CPAP therapy. However, if your sore continues to worsen, contact your physician. You may need to return to your local CPAP clinic for another mask that is more comfortable and has a better-fitting style.
If you feel yourself sneezing a lot since you have started your CPAP therapy, you may be experiencing an allergic reaction to the cleaner you are using. We recommend trying an alternate cleaner. Also, if you are using humidity, try using distilled water. You may also be allergic to the materials in your CPAP mask.