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Irritated skin around eyes

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Irritated skin around eyes

Postby DJDaddyK » Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:17 pm

I have been on CPAP for a year or so now and just started developing a new problem. The skin around my eyes is now red, puffy, and even flaking off in places. I am guessing this is from air hitting my eyes while I am asleep. Any one else have this problem? If so, how are you dealing with it. I just started using a sleep mask but at the moment my skin is so sore that its hard to wear the mask. I also bought several moisturizing lotions, which help some. My mask is a Breeze, actually I switched from a ComfortLite a few months back and I am wondering if that could be it (but I hate to switch back since the Breeze is working so well for me otherwise). CPAP setting is only 5. CPAP machine says almost no leaks by the way...
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Re: Irritated skin around eyes

Postby Daniel » Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:21 pm

DJDaddyK wrote:I have been on CPAP for a year or so now and just started developing a new problem. The skin around my eyes is now red, puffy, and even flaking off in places. I am guessing this is from air hitting my eyes while I am asleep. Any one else have this problem? If so, how are you dealing with it. I just started using a sleep mask but at the moment my skin is so sore that its hard to wear the mask. I also bought several moisturizing lotions, which help some. My mask is a Breeze, actually I switched from a ComfortLite a few months back and I am wondering if that could be it (but I hate to switch back since the Breeze is working so well for me otherwise). CPAP setting is only 5. CPAP machine says almost no leaks by the way...
Steve


Steve,

Red puffy skin usually indicates air leaks, or maybe you have the straps too tight ?

Skin lotions are normally not encouraged as they can react with the mask. It is recommended to wash face clear of oils and grease before sleep.

A pressure of 5 is low, so maybe your straps are too tight ?

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Postby DJDaddyK » Tue Mar 21, 2006 6:07 pm

Well, as I said, the CPAP machine is saying virtually no leaks, and that seems right to me. Also, the straps are quite loose, I am wearing a Breeze which is a nasal interface with no straps on the face. Finally the skin lotion is only going around my eyes, which never comes in contact with the mask, so thats not a problem...
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Postby Daniel » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:14 pm

DJDaddyK wrote:Well, as I said, the CPAP machine is saying virtually no leaks, and that seems right to me. Also, the straps are quite loose, I am wearing a Breeze which is a nasal interface with no straps on the face. Finally the skin lotion is only going around my eyes, which never comes in contact with the mask, so thats not a problem...


If everything is as you say, could it be an allergic reaction to the mask (silicone/gel) ?

Another possibility, do you move around alot while sleeping ? sometimes the rubbing of the mask against your skin can cause irritation ? Sorry, can't think of anything else.

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