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Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by Passiflora on Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:38 am

UPDATE:

I purchased Mepilex Transfer sheets and my facial irritation disappeared after about one week of use. I just cut the sheet to a piece that fit on my face with a hole in the middle. The sheets feel a little funny because air seeps through the sheet causing a cooling effect and yet sometimes the sheet acts as insulation and feels warm. My baseline leak (mask leak) went up when I started using the Mepilex Transfer sheets but the average leak and maximum leak were reduced. The material is easy to apply to the face, slightly sticky so that it stays in place as you reach to pick up your mask but not so sticky that it hurts when you peel it off. My mask stays cleaner overall. I sleep better with fewer mask leak awakenings. I have been reusing the same sheet nightly for at least a week now.

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by Passiflora on Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:23 pm

I'm trying Curad Scar Therapy pads after developing a rash/irritation from my full face mask on my cheeks and chin. It's a bit like wind burn that I seem to have. It hurt to open my mouth and I felt like my skin might crack if I continued to wear the mask without a barrier between it and my skin. I have an older version of the Scar Therapy pads that seem to work well. They are adhesive but contain latex... the newer version is silicone. When I run out of these I will likely try the new ones. I only put padding in a few key spots on my cheeks/chin while wearing the mask at night and leaks were reduced in those areas. Tonight I will try a pad around my nose to see if leaks are reduced there too. I'm looking into buying some Mepilex material which is used frequently in hospitals for wound care. Not sure how that will work but I can't wait to try it. Mepilex Transfer and Mepilex Lite are being used to protect newborns from skin injury due to CPAP.

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by WestCoastCdnGrl on Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:03 pm

After reading all of these reviews, it seems that it's more work than it's worth, so I'm going to give it a pass and stick with my Anti-leak strap from Pad-a-cheek.

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by OutaSync on Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:49 am

Thank you for that explanation which I have taken into consideration. I guess I didn't make myself clear. I have many masks in several sizes. This weekend I have spent considerable time trying the seal with several of them, including the Quattro Large. All of the FFMs that I have tried had at least one inch of seal inside of the mask. All of them sprouted leaks within a a minute or two of pressure being applied. The air is going under the seal and and escaping between the seal and my face. Pushing it down on the leak stops it for a few seconds and then it leaks again. Holding it down in one spot makes it leak somewhere else. I tightened the mask down to the point of being uncomfortable.

A smaller size might help if it will keep the edges from hitting me in my eyes. I'm certainly willing to redo all of my trials with a smaller size, as long as I don't have to pay another $50 for it. Again, what is the difference in the nose hole size?

How do you intend to market a nasal mask seal if an inch of seal is required inside of the mask. Wouldn't an inch cover up the nostrils on a nasal mask?

BTW, this thing stretches more as you handle it. At first the hole went around my nose and covered my mouth making me think that I wouldn't need to tape any more. Now the hole is so big it goes under my mouth.

It's very hard to handle as it is so sticky you can't let go of it. It's almost impossible to place on the mask in the dark. You have to wash it, pull out all of the imbedded hair, wrap it in plastic and put it back in it's case in between uses. All of this would be worth it to me if I could get it to seal long enough to get to sleep.

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by CPAP Seal on Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:08 pm

OutaSync:

It depends on the size of mask you are using WITH the gel cushion not the size of mask that you might use later or you are told that you need, also not the size of nose or facial features because as we have said that the most important step is to have an inch of gel inside the mask naturally without squeezing or stretching. As if you squeeze or stretch, the gel will bounce back in to its normal size and in doing so will move around and leak.

The wrong sized mask will not allow 1 inch of gel inside its boundaries (naturaly)

As you see on the website "How it works" first picture on the right of instructions, the gel cushion should have almost an inch inside the mask all around without any stretch or queeze.

The only little squeeze that we recommended is around the nasal part as the gel will stretch back to its NORMAL size with the nasal bridge after you place your mask on your face.

Cutting the gel cushion according to the wrong sized mask will no longer fit it on either as you won't be able to have an inch inside either masks without much stretching or squeezing.

We don't have medium size cushion because we didn't need to as the measurements are accurate as such
small +medium masks--> require small Gel Cushion
Large masks--> require Large gel Cushion

It is not that we don't carry medium. If it were a matter of shortage we would have said we don't carry it right now, we will carry them in the future. Like we have said with other different mask designs.

If you like, I can replace this gel cushion with a small for you to try it on the medium size masks that you have

Thanks
CPAP Seal

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by OutaSync on Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:45 am

Yes, I ordered a large to go with my large Quattro. But then the Quattro FX came in around the same time, so I tried it on that first.

The Resmed rep said I needed a large Quattro, so I didn't imagine that anything in a small would fit around my nose, and since you don't have a medium, I ordered large.

I would have preferred to have ordered a nasal mask seal to go with what I usually wear, a SofGel, but you didn't have any nasal mask seals, at the time, and I was anxious to try your product, so ordered one for the Quattro.

What is the difference in nose hole size between the small/medium and the large? Can you post side by side pictures?

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by CPAP Seal on Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:21 am

OutaSync :

I am highly suspicious about the size of your gel cushion!
We have said on our web site that Medium masks require small gel size. May I ask you, what size of CPAP Seal Cushion did you order?

CPAP Seal

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by OutaSync on Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:14 am

Cpap Seal,

I've tried it on several masks, all size medium. I do have a large Quattro somewhere that I can try it on. Maybe the extra thickness requires a larger size?

Last night I tried shoving the gel inside the mask to make sure there was an inch margin on the inside. As you said, the gel tries to go back to it's original shape and it felt like it was crawling on my skin before the air finally busted through. If I poked it from the outside, it would stop leaking for a few seconds and then the crawling sensation and the leak would pop through, again. On prior nights the gel came completely over my eyes, a very strange sensation. Last night with the extra poked inside, the edge of the gel was hitting me square in my eyes, making it very uncomfortable. I haven't trimmed it back for my eyes as I'm afraid to cut it too much and not have enough margin. I would rather have it come completely over my eyes than to end in my eyes.

I'm certainly open to suggestions. I want this to work.

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by CPAP Seal on Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:20 am

snoozysue:

Although 2 months ago we took a permission from CPAP.com (Dan) to announce about our products, yet we are so reluctant to do that for fear of being considered as spammers. So we decided to only answer users questions and sure yours. But posting a picture on this site might be a bid on the advertisement side which we are trying to avoid. Would you please give us 2 days and we will place the picture that you have requested on our web site?

Thanks for your understanding
CPAP Seal

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by snoozysue on Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:47 pm

Hi CPAP Seal, could you post a picture of what is should look like if the gel is tucked into the mask. I have bought a gel pad but am a bit nervous about cutting it but I need to as it blocked my nose.
Thanks
Sue

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by CPAP Seal on Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:52 pm

OutaSync : May I ask you what size of full face masks did you use with the gel cushion?

Thanks
CPAP Seal

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by chunkyfrog on Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:37 pm

I gotta try this!

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by OutaSync on Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:14 pm

Thanks for the tip! I'll try it.

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by CPAP Seal on Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:06 pm

OutaSync:

After cutting the nasal cut, you need to squeeze in the upper half of the gel cushion inside the mask before placing it on your face, so you will get 1 inch from both sides "even around the cut" inside the mask.

Thanks
CPAP Seal

Re: CPAP Pad (gel pad)

Post by OutaSync on Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:48 pm

I squared up the nose bridge opening, as suggested, and tried it with a Quatrro FFM, not the FX. I think it was a big mistake to square it off. Even though I took out just a tiny bit, I had a steady stream of air into my eyes. I couldn't get it to seal and I had it so tight it was hurting my nose, not the back of my head. Took it off and had a hard time geting to sleep.

So, I've tried three different masks with no success. Next experiment will be with a Ultra Mirage FFM, if I can find where I put it.

Bev

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