When Should I Replace My Mask?

So you’ve finally found a CPAP mask that fits your lifestyle, whether it be a minimal nasal pillow mask or a full face mask.  Generally, CPAP masks last anywhere from a few months to a year when properly cared for.  Taking proper care of your mask is one of the best ways to ensure it lasts as long as possible and delivers the most effective therapy possible.  The most important thing you can do to maximize the lifespan of your CPAP mask is to simply clean it!  Cleaning your mask after each use helps to eliminate facial oils which can break down plastics and other materials used in your mask.  It is also a great way to eliminate particles that can build up on your mask, helping reduce irritants and allow you a more comfortable night’s sleep.

mask wipesYou can clean your CPAP mask with simple soap and water, but there are equipment specific products that can be used.  CPAP mask wipes contain antibacterial properties that eliminate residues from your mask to ensure the health of you and your mask.  There are many options for mask wipes so you can find the option that works best for you.  Furthermore, there are more elaborate cleaning systems you can use which hook up and cleanse your CPAP equipment in its entirety.  No matter which option you choose to keep your mask clean, it is certainly your first line of defense to keep your mask functioning as well as possible.

If you’re noticing a persistent cold or cough, it’s possible that your mask is the issue.  Without proper cleaning, your mask can harbor harmful bacteria that can irritate the throat and lungs causing cold symptoms.  If you are good about cleaning your mask and are still noticing health issues, it may be time to replace your mask, but always consult your doctor to be sure.

On top of cleaning your mask, inspecting it regularly is a great way to ensure proper function.  Mask seals should be free of cuts and the body of your mask should be without any chips as this can compromise the quality of your therapy.  If you’re using a nasal pillow mask, ensure the pillows are all intact and airflow is not obstructed.   

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of regular care that can keep your mask running optimally, but it is best to talk to your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

If you have any questions, post a comment or feel free to contact at at CPAP Supplies Plus – 877-791-3195.

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