Many CPAP users often have a hard time complying with their CPAP therapy due to some discomfort that can result from the different components. Luckily, there are a plethora of products available to help minimize irritation caused from your mask or headgear. The first step to ensuring comfort in your CPAP experience is to choose a mask that fits you well. Masks typically come with a few different sizes of cushions, allowing you to pick the one that best fits your facial contours. By choosing the correct size, you can ensure minimal irritation as your mask will move with you more seamlessly during the night.
One of the easiest products you can purchase to help rid yourself of any discomfort is a mask liner. These are great for anyone feeling uncomfortable where their mask rests on their face. By providing a barrier from the mask, mask liners can help reduce irritation and wick away any moisture buildup. Many mask liners are not reusable, but there have been some more recent models that are completely reusable, a great option for users who find mask liners beneficial. A slightly different model of liner is a mask pad, a reusable pad that rests on your nasal bridge to form a barrier between your mask and nose. These pads are often made from a gel base that besides providing comfort, can actually help create a stronger seal with your mask.
If you’re finding that your mask is perfectly comfortable, there may be some comfort issues with your headgear. Headgear has expanded in the past few years, providing a few different types of fit to try to minimize pressure points. However, plastic joints or other parts can still cause some discomfort. A great way to combat these plastic components is with a wrap that fits around the arms of your headgear, the portion between where it connects to the mask, often running across your cheek. These wraps can get rid of any uncomfortable rubbing that your headgear can cause and help you rest easier. All of these options are great to help you comply with your CPAP therapy. Remember, down the line there are many complications that can occur related to untreated OSA, so it’s always a good idea to use your CPAP equipment every night.
Of course, the above outline is not a complete guide to CPAP comfort, but hopefully you now have a better idea of what products may be of use to you. Of course, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.
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