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Postby February » Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:19 pm

All the full face masks I have tried leak air, especially up into my eye. (A nasal mask is not an option for me as I am a mouth breather). No matter what adjustments I make to the mask, often the leakage will start in the middle of the night and I wake up with my eye hurting. I wear a cotton handkerchief over my eyes, but this doesn't solve the real issue. Anyone have any ideas on solving this problem? I have a beard and get it cut occasionally, but it doesn't solve the problem completely.
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Re: Mask leaking

Postby beardface » Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:18 pm

February wrote:All the full face masks I have tried leak air, especially up into my eye. (A nasal mask is not an option for me as I am a mouth breather). No matter what adjustments I make to the mask, often the leakage will start in the middle of the night and I wake up with my eye hurting. I wear a cotton handkerchief over my eyes, but this doesn't solve the real issue. Anyone have any ideas on solving this problem? I have a beard and get it cut occasionally, but it doesn't solve the problem completely.


What mask do you have? In general, this should be fixable with adjustments to the forehead thingy and adjustments to the straps. Make sure that the forehead thingy isn't pushing the mask too far away from your head. If you can't find any set of adjustments that work, you should try working with your respiratory therapist to get trials of other masks.

On the other hand, I've tried virtually every full face mask out there and haven't been able to find one that can be free of leaks without being tied down so tightly that I get headaches. My best luck, FWIW, has been with the Resmed Ultra Mirage II (not the newer Quattro).
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Re: Mask leaking

Postby Buck222 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:16 pm

beardface wrote:
February wrote:All the full face masks I have tried leak air, especially up into my eye. (A nasal mask is not an option for me as I am a mouth breather). No matter what adjustments I make to the mask, often the leakage will start in the middle of the night and I wake up with my eye hurting. I wear a cotton handkerchief over my eyes, but this doesn't solve the real issue. Anyone have any ideas on solving this problem? I have a beard and get it cut occasionally, but it doesn't solve the problem completely.


What mask do you have? In general, this should be fixable with adjustments to the forehead thingy and adjustments to the straps. Make sure that the forehead thingy isn't pushing the mask too far away from your head. If you can't find any set of adjustments that work, you should try working with your respiratory therapist to get trials of other masks.

On the other hand, I've tried virtually every full face mask out there and haven't been able to find one that can be free of leaks without being tied down so tightly that I get headaches. My best luck, FWIW, has been with the Resmed Ultra Mirage II (not the newer Quattro).


Ultra Mirage II is not a full face mask but as I understand it, the Ultra Mirage (not a II) full face is supposed to be the best full face at higher pressure when it comes to keeping down the leaks. I'm still waiting for mine, should be getting this as my correct order from the DME and I'm hoping it works better at high pressure than the Mirage quattro.
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Postby Gig103 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:03 pm

Have you tried the Mirage Liberty? It is full face but with nasal pillows, so there isn't a seal around your whole nose. That means it can't leak into your eye.

Good luck!
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Postby beardface » Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:14 am

You're right -- it's an Ultra Mirage, not an Ultra Mirage II. I found the Quattro to be OK at 9cm, but when I got bumped up to 11cm I had leak problems. I still have problems with the Ultra at 11cm, but not nearly as bad.

I tried the Liberty and liked it, but the way the gear is set up it can be difficult to keep the nasal pillows where they belong. I couldn't do it.
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