I have sleep apnea and it is important that I keep using my bipap machine. (I was recently released from the hospital with CHF.) I am tolerating the bipap machine well and am able to use it for a full 8 hours sleep at night.
However, I am having a slight problem. Even though I have tried several masks, the mask seems to keep cutting into my face and it appears to be leaving permanent lines. My face is growing into the mask. To make matters worse, the lines are not even symmetrical, so my face seems to be getting distorted.
I need the full face mask, because I am told that I am a "mouth breather."
Will these alterations to my face become permanent? Or, might they be already? I am 52 years old and I've been using the device since the end of May this year.
What can I do to fix this other than to stop using the bipap machine?
I know that to some this may seem trivial to some. But, I really don't want to become disfigured if I can avoid it.
I "think" I solved it. I did some more Googling and came across this site: Basically, they make liners that go between the mask and your face.
Well, I didn't feel like waiting to place an order. So, I took a Bounty paper towel sheet, folded it into fours, cut out a hole in the middle and Voila! I used it as a barrier between the mask and my face last night.
At first there was a bit of leakage. But, as the night wore on, the mask - paper towel combo seated itself better. This AM, no deep marks. And, even the marks that are there faded slightly.
It's a cheap thing to try. If someone else is having this problem, perhaps this approach can help. If not, you've only lost a paper towel.
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