Irritation from bi-pap

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Zina Perry

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Hello,

Does anyone have any suggestions for irritation on the nose from the bi-pap. I tried putting moleskin on the face mask and durofoam on his nose but Mike still is about to get a sore on his nose. I have adjusted the face mask and don't know of anything else to do. I would appreicate any suggestions. He was diagnosed in December of 2007 with onset in respiratory and Co2 levels are not good. He needs to be on the bi-pap as much as possible. This disease has been VERY progressive with him. Thank you for your support.

Zina Akin Perry
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Hi Zina, my husband had the same problem.He has very dry skin so i was putting lotion on his face apparently a big no no somehow interacts with the synthitic material the mask is made of so now i make sure i wash his noce at the bridge to be sure thier is no residue or oils and did the same to the mask.....so far so good!......,Gina
 

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Try keeping the lotion- I use vaseline- around his nostrils when he is NOT using the machine. It helps clear up the chapped area and eventually his skin my adapt to the pipap.
 

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Any chance the mask is slightly too small for him or pulled too tight on the straps at the top of the nose?
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Hi Zina,

Have you tried nose pillows instead of a mask? KY Jelly makes an effective, safe barrier/gaskit between the nostrils and pillows.

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He tried the nose pillow and cannot stand the pressure. The nurse said it is caused from pressure, so we have covered the area with duro-derm and hope it will clear. We are going to try a different mask in the daytime. It has a gel pad on it and he also has a new mask for night that has an adjustable knob at the top. They think his nose will adjust after a while. He really needs to use the nasal pillow in the daytime but can't. He has to wear the bi-pap as much as possible due to the CO 2 levels. We will take this one day at a time and hope for the best. Thank you for your reply.

Zina Akin Perry
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Dear Zina,

I've seen a skin colored protective tape used by some people with bipaps but I don't know what it's called. It's not the same fabric as a bandaid, it looks more flexible and rubber like. My mum also needed her bipap all the time, but it had a blue gel pad and she never got any sores with that. Hopefully that will work for Mike too.

Susan.
 
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