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CPAP Newsletter: 5 Ways To Get The Most From Your CPAP Mask
5 Ways To Get The Most From Your CPAP Mask
1. Clean Your Mask and Cushion Daily
One of the most common questions we are asked by customers is: How do I clean my mask and cushion?Here are some basic everyday cleaning tips.
We all know that it's important to clean our masks daily to prevent bacterial and other infections.
Sometimes soap and water just doesn't do the trick, and vinegar and water can irritate your sinuses.
Thanks to Control III Disinfectant, we have another line of defense
when it comes to proper cleaning of our equipment. Control III is an effective and time tested product that has been on the market since 1974. Formulated for use on respiratory equipment, Control III helps prevent infection or
reinfection due to contaminated tubing, masks or reservoirs used in your CPAP therapy.
This EPA registered disinfectant is a non-staining, one-step process that is also economical.
The solution can last up to 14 days and ends up costing less than the equivalent use of vinegar and water.
Sleep with confidence knowing that by using this solution, your machine and its components are clean and free
of harmful pathogens.
3. Mask Replacement
Have you had your mask for more than a year? Do you have to over-tighten your headgear to get a good seal, leaving red marks and causing pain? Then you should consider swapping out your mask. CPAP masks are made out of lightweight malleable plastics and silicone to ensure a proper and comfortable fit. However, the natural oils in your skin, as well as exposure to air and recommended cleaning, cause silicone to lose many of its desirable features, such as the ability to fit the contours of your face and the creation of a proper seal, which are some of the key factors that make it useful for your CPAP treatment. This breakdown of materials usually occurs between 6 and 9 months of use. This is why a mask that sealed well on day one doesn't on day 200.
4. Replace Cushion and Headgear at the Same Time
CPAP therapy is most effective when you properly maintain your equipment. Your headgear and cushion should always be replaced at the same time. If they aren't, you may find that you have purchased a new cushion that works well initially but soon begins to leak. This is because as headgear ages it loses elasticity which can decrease the fit and sealing ability of your mask. Tightening your straps can cause red marks on your face and does not maintain an ideal seal. Replacement parts are available for most masks and can help ensure your comfort.
5. Try A Different Type Of Mask
Looking for a less cumbersome mask? If your using a Nasal Mask, consider a Pillow System,
or for Full Face Mask users there's the Full Face Hybrid. Sometimes getting a poor night's sleep is due to minute
changes in your facial structure, or even a change in your comfort preferences - you're not locked into one
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