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I'm getting irritating red marks on the top of my nose. How can I fix this?

There are a few techniques you can try to fix this issue. Here is a list of things you can try.

If you are getting any irritation or redness on the top of your nose, then they are a few things you can do to try to fix the issue.

The first thing you should try doing is adjusting the straps of your mask so you are applying less pressure to the bridge of your nose. You will still want to make sure you are not experiencing any leak though, so try to find a happy medium between being not too tight and not causing any leakage.

If this doesn’t work, then there are a few other things you can try:

  • Make sure you are cleaning your cushion frequently as this can lead to red marks and irritation (we recommend once a day with our CPAP Soap and warm water in the morning).
  • Try adding a barrier between the skin of your face and the cushion with some Gecko Nasal Pads or REMZzz Padded Liners (make sure you select the right size for the mask that you are currently using).
  • You may need to replace your cushion and/or headgear if they are starting to wear out or become worn.
  • Make sure you have the right sized cushion for your nose/face shape.
  • Consider swapping to a mask that doesn’t make contact with the top of your nose. There are a variety of options in both full face and non-full face designs that allow you to do this.
  • If you are using a ResMed AirFit™ F20 mask then you may want to consider trying out ResMed AirTouch™ F20 cushions instead as they incorporate a memory foam design that is much easier on the skin.
  • Rule out the possibility of an allergic reaction. If you have an allergy to silicone then this may be what is causing the redness to appear.

If you need any assistance, please contact us on 1800 737 633 to talk to one of our friendly staff.