Ulcers/ infected pores bridge of nose and FF masks common?

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Ulcers/ infected pores bridge of nose and FF masks common?

Postby Tom ZZZzzz » Mon Mar 19, 2007 7:06 pm

This is just a general question to see if it is common among FF mask users to have problems with pressure sores or ulcers across the bridge of the nose..and infected pores that appear to be pimples? Two of us using a FF mask are having this problem.. I'm using a Ultra Mirage by Resmed.. Humidity at 3 with a wrapped tube, pressure 10 cm...

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Re: Ulcers/ infected pores bridge of nose and FF masks commo

Postby Daniel » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:19 pm

Tom ZZZzzz wrote:This is just a general question to see if it is common among FF mask users to have problems with pressure sores or ulcers across the bridge of the nose..and infected pores that appear to be pimples? Two of us using a FF mask are having this problem.. I'm using a Ultra Mirage by Resmed.. Humidity at 3 with a wrapped tube, pressure 10 cm...

Tom


Tom,

Two possibilities............one, your straps are too tight. The Ultra Mirage works on the principal that it should 'float' on your face. Straps relatively loose as distinct from tight to allow the cushion inflate from inside using the cpap air. It is the inflated cushion that creates the seal.

Two..... your mask was not fitted properly, this being the case you should contact your DME and tell them.

Your symptoms sound like tight straps.

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Postby Tom ZZZzzz » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:29 pm

Arron,
you could be right. But I think it is more the effect of lying onmy side.. and pressure put directly on the mask.. Good point... I have not figured out how to get comfortable and not disturb that light "floating" effect...

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Postby Frances » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:51 pm

It is common with either full face or nasal masks. It happened to my husband when he first started using a CPAP machine.

For him, and many others, the problem lies in the tilt of the mask at the bridge of the nose. You have to adjust it by either changing the position of the hinge or adjusting the straps so that they are looser at the top and a bit tighter at the bottom. His mask is a Respironics ComfortFull ff mask and it has an adjustable hinge (which we discovered by accident - so much for the fitter from the equipment supplier).

I am somewhat bothered by what "appear to be pimples". If they are still there in 24 hours, see a doctor just in case the problem is cellulitis which is a bacterial infection of the skin. This can be serious so don't ignore it.
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Postby Tom ZZZzzz » Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:08 pm

Thank you again Francis
I'll keep an eye on this and make sure it's healing and not getting worse..

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Postby BARBCCRN » Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:25 am

Hey Tom I replied to this under a different question. What the problem was with me was when I had my study I used a Flexifit medium cushion.The RT at the the DME took it upon herself to decide it looked too big and gave me a small sized cushion-which was too small and ended up causing the multiple pimples and an actual ulcerated pressure sore. That was before I was an informed CPAP user and knew that I should have received all 3 sizes of cushions and not let the DME keep the 2 that I wasn't using. Needless to say this started the bad feelings between me and my DME!!!!!
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Postby St. Remy » Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:22 pm

I got an infection from using tape on my mouth - when I pulled it off, it pulled off some skin. I continued to
use my FF mask and this little tiny area became infected because the CPAP creates a perfect environment for
bacteria to thrive. I sleep with my mouth open (reason for FF mask) and salliva got infected, which
resulted in an infection of my salivary gland. I looked like I had 2 cases of mumps.

So be careful - if I were you - after my experience - I would not use the mask until these *pimples* heal.
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