If you have been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, the most common recommended treatment for the condition is wearing CPAP masks during sleep. However, did you know that are risks involved in wearing a CPAP mask?

More and more people have complained about these side effects, which is why they prematurely halt treatment. Yes, using the device is important in effectively treating the condition, but the hazards that come with them are just too much for some people.

About CPAP Masks

A CPAP mask is one of the components of the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). The device is composed of the mask, a hose, and an air ventilation system. Without all three major components, it will be impossible to use the device.

The masks are strapped to the face during sleep. There are actually 5 types of masks available in stores and medical supplies.

Here are the 5 types of masks:

1. Nasal Mask

– Delivers air through a cover that encloses the nose and mouth

2. Nasal Prong

– Delivers air through the nose alone using two tubes that go inside the nostrils

3. Nasal Pillow

– Delivers air to the nose alone
– Covers the entire nose
– Tube rests on top of the bridge of the nose and over the head

4. Full Face Mask

– Delivers air through a cover that encloses the entire face

5. Oral Mask

– Delivers air to the mouth alone

All masks come in all sizes, and fit all types of facial features. Regardless of the mask you choose, it will successfully deliver air to the airways, as long as the mask stays on your face while you sleep.

The masks are the delivery systems of the ventilation system. It allows air to be pumped into the airways, and prevents the airways from collapsing. Without the masks it will be impossible for air to enter the airways while sleeping.

Disadvantages Of CPAP Masks

Despite being an effective delivery system, these masks come with health risks and disadvantages.

Here are the health risks and disadvantages:

1. Discomfort
2. Sleep deprivation due to mask discomfort
3. Facial skin rashes
4. Skin allergies due to synthetic materials

These are the reasons why more and more people refuse to use these masks. However, since treatment is necessary, some of them brave these side effects.

Luckily, there are available alternatives.

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