How can you achieve mask comfort, and what can you do if you're experiencing mask discomfort? Find the answers to ResMed's frequently asked questions about mask comfort.
Q. What should I do if my mask is uncomfortable?
A. If you're trying to achieve a more comfortable fit with your mask, try these three tips:
- Try re-fitting the mask. Mask discomfort can be caused by incorrect fitting. In the case of discomfort, we recommend that you re-fit the mask using the fitting instructions in your mask user guide.
- Try a different size. If you can only get a good seal by tightening the mask until it's uncomfortable, then you may have the wrong size. Talk to your equipment supplier or sleep specialist to be re-fitted with the correct size.
- If your mask still feels uncomfortable, you might need another type of mask. ResMed offers a variety of mask types, and you'll find that some masks may suit you better than others. Visit your local ResMed accredited outlet or view ResMed's complete range of masks here.
Q. What masks are most likely to suit people with facial hair?
A. Mask preference and suitability varies greatly between each individual. If you are able to breathe through your nose, then nasal and nasal pillow masks, such as the AirFit P10, that do not rest on top of the lip are usually better for people with facial hair. If you are a mouth breather, contact your ResMed accredited dealer to discuss the masks options which are most suitable.
Q. Will facial hair affect the comfort or seal of my mask?
A. It may. If you have facial hair, you may find that some masks work better for you than others. Contact your local ResMed accredited outlet to find out whether a different style of mask may provide improved comfort or a better fit.
Q. Which is more comfortable? A nasal mask or full face mask?
A. Everyone is different. Full face masks cover more of your face, while nasal masks and nasal pillows masks cover less. It really does come down to personal preference and which type of mask best suits your needs.
Q. What should I do if my mask leaves marks on my face or irritates my skin or eyes? Do I have an allergic reaction to my mask?
A. There are many possible reasons for reactions to your mask, some of which are not related to allergies. Please consult your doctor or local ResMed accredited outlet if you experience skin irritation or sores when wearing your mask.
Q. My doctor says that my nose is blocked on one side from a deviated septum. Which type of mask is better for my situation?
A. With a deviated septum, you're likely to be breathing through your mouth because your nasal passage is blocked. A full face mask will allow you the option of breathing through your nose or mouth.
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