What are mask-related problems associated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Mask-related problems include skin abrasions, rash, and conjunctivitis (due to air leaks). If excessive air leaks through the mouth, patients should use a chin strap to keep their mouths closed or they should try an oronasal mask. Consider consultation with an otolaryngologist to rule out sinus dysfunction. If a poorly fitting mask causes skin breakdown and/or air leaks, patients should try masks of different sizes and/or models; a variety of interfaces are now available.


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