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My mom has to wear a Bi Pap at night. We are having a problem with the face mask across the bridge of the nose. We are trying to put a small piece of soft cloth across the top but it get all sore & red. Does anyone have a suggestion? The sales rep for the company suggested a triangle piece of cloth with a hole around the mouth and nose and take the mask apart & clip it to hold it in. My mom is 92 and not about to do this. Any suggestion..appreciated. She is at home now, and the nursing home used a soft foam which we will try tonight and she still got sore.

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Just something to consider even if it's not possible to make the bi-pap more comfortable: it was prescribed for a reason, which I assume was because there was either a respiratory drop or interruption (apnea) during sleep. Even if she doesn't know this is happening, it is, and it's going to affect the need for more consistent air intake and the organs affected by breathing.

I would contact the DME supplier to work out this issue. I know oxygen cannulas can become uncomfortable and cause abrasions; little round foam rubber patches can be slipped over them to prevent chafing of the skin.

Knowing how much my father's respiration dropped overnight, I felt it was a high priority to make sure that we found something that could be used safely so he got the oxygen he needed. If he didn't, he would wake up tired, and was more likely to fall.
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Correction to above. Should say "weigh" the benefits. I hate it when I can't edit my posts. lol
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I agree with GrannieAnnie. If she just doesn't want to use it, I wouldn't push it. It does make you feel better, but, if she's not into it. I would way the benefits.

You might check out websites for people with sleep apnea. There are several that provide good tips, suggestions and do troubleshooting for you.
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I use Bi-pap, and above answers are good. However, if after new types of masks are tried she doesn't want to use it, what harm at this stage? My mother stopped using hers and lived longer anyway.
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Deanna16,
I use a cpap machine, which is similar to bipap. When I had my titration done in the sleep lab, they let me try several different masks.. One was full face mask that fits over your nose and mouth. It hurt the bridge of my nose instantly and I knew it was not a good choice for me. I then tried a NASAL pillow, which is type of mask. It is a piece of soft plastic that fits just on your nostrils. It does not cover your mouth and not all of your nose. It is very light and comfortable and I can't imagine using anything else. I have had a very good experience with using this type.

That night when I was getting set up, I tried a size small NUANCE Pro Gel pillow, which is type of mask. They call it pillow, but it's not to lay your head on. It's a type of mask. I later found a size Medium more comfortable. It only took me a couple of nights to get it on my nose correctly, but after that, it was very comfortable. I have no leaks.

To me, the key is getting the headgear set up on your head correctly. If it is too tight, the nasal pillow will be too tight on your nose and it will hurt. When positioned properly, it's not on tight and is not painful in the least bit. It just takes a couple of nights of working with it. Also, apply a little lubricating jelly to your nose, before putting on the nasal pillow. That prevents irritation. I'm not sure if that is allowed with a full mask.

I would suspect that perhaps your mom's headgear is too tight, or the size of the mask is not right, but that's just a guess. The rep for the company might be helpful, though, use caution. Those companies are rather.....sketchy. Be cautious in dealing with them. They all seem to be confused and not the most helpful. Long story, I won't go there.

Good luck! If she can get it working right, it will make her feel so much better. It made a great improvement in my health. My aunt is 82 just starting using Cpap and is doing quite well.
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The respiratory therapists where she gets her supplies should be dealing with this not a salesman
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I don't have any personal experience with a c pap or bi pap, but I do know that there are different masks available, even full face masks. Poor fit can result in non compliance or bruising and pressure sores, these units aren't cheap, your salesman should be bending over backwards to accommodate you and help improve the fit.
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