CPAP masks are a very important part of CPAP therapy. That is why it is essential to take good care of your CPAP mask. Good hygiene and cleaning regiment will help prolong your CPAP mask’s lifespan. Some people may experience CPAP mask noises, leaking and discolouration. Unfortunately, eventually parts do need to get replaced from natural wear and tear. It is recommended that the headgear be replaced approximately every 6 months. The cushions may require replacements more frequently approximately every 3-5 months due to direct contact with skin.
CPAP mask is making noises
If your CPAP mask is making noises, it could possibly mean there is a leak. This will affect the air pressure and good flow from your CPAP machine. You can test to see if your CPAP mask is making noises by detaching your CPAP mask from the hose and turning on your CPAP machine to identify where the noise is coming from. More often than not, it is the CPAP mask that makes noises and not your CPAP machine.
CPAP mask is leaking
Usually if your mask leaks, it means that it is a poor fit. It is important to make sure there is no leak as it can compromise the air pressure which is used to keep your airway open. To ensure this does not happen, pull the mask away from your face and reposition so that there are no creases on the silicone gel part of your CPAP mask. Over tightening of the CPAP mask may also cause leaking. DO NOT COVER THE EXHALATION PORT. It is normal for the exhalation port to leak for this is where carbon dioxide exits.
CPAP mask discolouration
If you are experiencing CPAP mask discolouration, it is most likely time for a replacement. However, if you are experiencing discolouration on your face, it may be an allergic reaction or your headgear is on too tight. A CPAP mask liner or petroleum-free moisturizer may help with any discomfort.
Improper care for your CPAP mask or any other parts will shorten their lifespan. It is always recommended to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for care and use. If you are continually tightening the headgear due to wear on the cushions, this will also shorten your CPAP mask’s lifespan. If you notice that your CPAP mask is no longer fitting comfortably and securely it may be time for a replacement.
Although your previous model may have worked well for you, there are a wide variety of new models and fits for each individual. Some of the newer models have improvements to help with comfort and convenience. CPAP masks’s today are quieter, lighter, better fitted, easier to clean and have fewer parts than earlier models. A second mask can be a good investment as a backup or if you have multiple CPAP machines.
Please consult with your specialist for recommendations on how to properly care for your CPAP mask and if your current one needs to be replaced.