+ Tips for mask cleaning
Wash mask, head strap, tubing and humidifier chamber weekly with mild detergent in warm water. Gently scrub using a bristled brush and rinse well with cold water and allow to air dry out of direct sunlight. Avoid products containing bleach, alcohol, chlorine or ammonia along with moisturising, antibacterial or glycerine based soaps or descaling agents.
Additionally, you can use one part white vinegar to ten parts water to clean your humidifier water tub if you notice any white powder or deposits (caused by mineral build-up from tap water).
Do not expose any part of the system or tubing to direct sunlight as it may deteriorate the product If any visible deterioration of a component is apparent (cracking, tears, etc.) the component should be discarded and replaced.
+ Dry Mouth
The headgear may be washed without being taken apart, however the dye used in the headgear may run during the first wash, so it is advised to was it separately.
Check that the humidifier is working and how much water has been used from the chamber of the CPAP. More than 1/2 indicates a major mask leak or mouth leak. A chinstrap may be required to solve the problem. NOTE: If very little water has evaporated from the chamber and the heater plate is working DO NOT WORRY as this is a sign of a very good mask fit.
+ Mask Leaks
Check the mask cushion is not torn and make sure the mask is fitted as per the instructions.
+ Mask discomfort
Check that the mask is not fitted too tightly and the mask has been fitted as per instructions
+ Intolerance of the airflow
This can take time, however may require a CPAP machine setting change. Often a brief trial of automatic CPAP can help CPAP acclimatisation.
+ Eye Irritation
Check mask fit as there may be leak or pressure on or around the eye. An alternate mask may be required.
+ Gastric distension / flatulence
This may require a reduction in pressure or changing to an automatic CPAP machine.
+ Pressure sore
Check the mask fitting as it is either too tight or has not been fitted correctly.
+ Condensation in the tubing
May require a tube cover or the settings to be adjusted (as setting can vary due to change of season).
+ Intolerance of noise of machine
CPAP machines today are much quieter than previously but nevertheless some people are very sensitive to noise. This may require a little time to adjust to the noise or changing to another CPAP machine may solve the problem.
If you are a patient of Peninsula Sleep Clinic and are experiencing any of these problems or other CPAP related issues, it is important to contact the CPAP clinic between office hours.