You should wash your CPAP mask on a daily basis with warm water and a mild soap. Washing your face before going to bed can also enhance the lifespan of the mask.
Avoid leakage of the CPAP mask by first tightening the bottom straps of the mask firmly and keeping the top straps loose. Hold up the mask in its position. Then connect the CPAP machine to the mask and turn it on.
The different types of CPAP masks available include:
Nasal CPAP mask
Nasal CPAP mask is comprised of a durable plastic frame that supports a soft nasal pillow which is attached to the headgear. Nasal masks are less bulky and can attain higher CPAP pressure without causing any discomfort.
Full face CPAP mask
Full face CPAP mask covers both the nose and mouth. It prevents loss of air and drying of the throat and nose.
Nasal pillow CPAP mask
Nasal pillow CPAP mask is smaller in size and has two flexible pieces similar to a mushroom cap. It comprises of plastic inserts similar to headphone ear buds which directly slip into nostrils. The prescribed pressure used to keep airway open is provided through the mask.
With proper care on a regular basis, a CPAP nasal pillow could last from 3 to 6 months. The life of a mask is dependent on use, oils from the skin as well as cleaning. It is recommended to inspect the mask on a routine basis as poor care can adversely affect the fit of the cushion.
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