Risks of using Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline with CPAP Masks
Some users of CPAP Masks can develop soreness or a rash from the friction caused by a CPAP Mask. It is very important when this occurs to try and loosen the mask without suffering any leakage, try a different size mask or try a completely different type of mask. Repeated irritation can lead to long term skin problems or worse. Today we discuss the Risks of using Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline with CPAP Masks.
It is very important to learn why users have to be careful of what they use with their CPAP/BiPAP Therapy.
I’m sure most people have a tub of Petroleum Jelly in their home and use it for a multitude of health and household remedies. It is imperative however, to never use it near CPAP/BiPAP Masks and it must absolutely not be used with oxygen. Be sure to closely inspect the ingredients of any lotion, cream or wipes that you may use. If any of these products contain petroleum jelly, paraffin or alcohol be sure they aren’t used around the face, nose, mouth or cheeks during your therapy hours.
WARNING – Risks of using Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline with CPAP Masks
In a recent report we were in shock to learn that a doctor recommended a patient use Vaseline to help with skin soreness, the customers concern was possible damage to the mask, where the doctor said the mask could just be replaced. The fact that the mask could possibly be damaged should be the least of your worries when using a cream or lotion that contains petroleum jelly, paraffin or mineral oil. Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D., a Dermatologist at The Mayo Clinic has issued a warning regarding the risk of inhaling lotion and cream products such as Vaseline. Breathing in these products can cause an accumulation of the jelly into the lungs, which canto a potentially serious inflammation such as Lipid Pneumonia.
Be very aware that petroleum jelly must also never be used with any type of oxygen therapy. Doing so can possibly cause the oxygen port to blocked or even worse it can make the oxygen to become flammable. The above CPAP Moisture Therapy Cream; ingredients are Aloe Vera, Emu Oil and Vitamins A & E, according to the manufacturer can be used for CPAP therapy along with oxygen use. This therapy cream is also great for nasal pillow mask users as the cream can be applied to the inside of the nostrils. While the cream can certainly help protect the skin while the mask is worn, it can also be used daily to help heal any sore areas one may have. This is a very useful product and should help most users with skin irritation caused by the use of CPAP masks. Know that you know the risks of using Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline with CPAP Masks, you can find a more suitable product.