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New to CPAP - questions about redness from mask, and 2nd hand machines/masks

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TonyStarkHasAHeart +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster

Hi all,

I've had a few nights now with the CPAP machine. Initially it seemed as though it was going to be a silver bullet since my wife said I slept without snoring and I certainly woke up feeling much more rested than I've felt for ages. I have a few questions, however:

Firstly, I have red marks where my full-face mask sits on my cheeks along the line from my nose to my mouth. It lasts all day and I feel quite self-conscious about this. Any tips on how to avoid the redness altogether or lessen it in the morning?

Secondly, did anybody buy their machine and mask second-hand? At the moment I'm renting a machine, but was wondering if there is a reputable second-hand company that certifies, etc, that would have cheaper machines.

I'd really appreciate any advice. Cheers.

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Sierra +0 points · about 1 month ago Sleep Innovater

The marks probably indicate you have the mask adjusted too tight. There are cloth mask liners you can buy or make yourself with t-shirt material. No personal experience but I believe Second Wind CPAP is a reputable company for second hand, and new machines.

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · about 1 month ago Sleep Enthusiast

I've made a number of purchases through 1800CPAP and not regretted any of them.

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