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Old 03-18-2020, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default Is CPAP worth loosing the beard?

Started CPAP a week ago and have tried two different masks with no success getting a good seal with either.

I'm not yet convinced it is doing any good for me yet... so...

Should I loose the beard I've been growing for years or make the best of it with a leaky mask?

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Old 03-18-2020, 10:53 AM   #2
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BTW my apnea is classified as moderate.
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Old 03-18-2020, 10:54 AM   #3
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Lose the beard and stay alive....and look younger doing so...easy choice..
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:00 AM   #4
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Lose the beard and stay alive....and look younger doing so...easy choice..
I don't think its life and death in my case but looking younger is a good argument.
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:02 AM   #5
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I use the one that going in your nose. Still have my beard.
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:04 AM   #6
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Start by trimming it. Short beard better than no beard.

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Old 03-18-2020, 11:04 AM   #7
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I don't think its life and death in my case but looking younger is a good argument.
You were younger when you didnít have the beard 😄
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:05 AM   #8
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Have you tried using just a nasal pillow?
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:06 AM   #9
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try nasal pillow rather than the mask.
and, YES, it is

https://www.cpap.com/cpap-masks/nasal-cpap-mask

there are several styles out there
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:07 AM   #10
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I use the one that going in your nose. Still have my beard.
My prescription specifies it has to be a full face mask to be covered by insurance
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:09 AM   #11
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The Nasal pillow works for me and never an issue with beard or mustache. If you have not tried give it a go. I have not used a mask in I don't know when.
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:15 AM   #12
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My prescription specifies it has to be a full face mask to be covered by insurance
You should be able to buy whatever mask/attachment that connects to the hose. They aren't that expensive.
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:16 AM   #13
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Yes

As Always My Heart is filled with Love for You and Your Families. Not because I am commanded to Love my Neighbor, but because I can, am able to and it brings me Joy.
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:17 AM   #14
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You should be able to buy whatever mask/attachment that connects to the hose. They aren't that expensive.
That a good idea. I'll buy one to try out and then see about getting my prescription modified.
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:17 AM   #15
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My prescription specifies it has to be a full face mask to be covered by insurance

Get another prescription
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:19 AM   #16
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Dreamworks/nasal pillow
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:19 AM   #17
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I don't think its life and death in my case but looking younger is a good argument.

You don't think? Any form of sleep apnea can be life threatening in the cumulative


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My prescription specifies it has to be a full face mask to be covered by insurance

My nasal pillow masks are $100-$115.....if you have to keep the beard..

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Old 03-18-2020, 11:22 AM   #18
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Yes spend the money out of pocket for the nasal pillows its so worth it for your health. Could be some of the best money you ever spend.
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:26 AM   #19
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Thanks y'all. I'm going to definitely try the nasal pillows before I take any drastic measures.
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Old 03-18-2020, 12:10 PM   #20
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Your prescription covers the equipment once you have the machine you can buy different mask online on your own. They’ll sell like the headgear and mask separate as parts so you don’t need the prescription. Look at the dreamwear nasal pillows I love mine
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Old 03-18-2020, 12:21 PM   #21
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I have a beard and use the Resmed Airfit N20 mask. It goes around your nose. Amazon has these for sale around $15. Never had much luck with the nasal pillows, but I know folks that love them.

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Old 03-18-2020, 12:26 PM   #22
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My first thought from the mustache pic was Officer Farva from Super Troopers. Try different options before shaving it off!
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Old 03-18-2020, 12:31 PM   #23
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Answer is obvious, at least to me....

You can cut it and probably feel better than you have in years.

OR

You can sport your beard in a casket for eternity......

😉

You can tighten up the mask and get use to it. You can also turn the pressure up to make up for the small % of leakage. Both of which I did.....However, my beard isn't up to Duck Dynasty standards....hehehe
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Old 03-18-2020, 12:53 PM   #24
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I use the one that going in your nose. Still have my beard.
My wife uses that one and she likes it. And she gets to keep her beard. LOL
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Old 03-18-2020, 12:59 PM   #25
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The only way to go.....
Mirage Swift™ II Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask with Headgear

I have used this for almost 20 years.
You can use with a beard!!!
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Old 03-18-2020, 01:00 PM   #26
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Loss the beard so you will quit scaring children
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Old 03-18-2020, 01:06 PM   #27
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Is that a beard or did you superglue a badger pelt to your face?
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Old 03-18-2020, 01:09 PM   #28
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Loss the beard so you will quit scaring children

If he loses the beard heíll start scaring the parents of children when he gets a little too close.

Do whatever you can to keep that majestic mane.


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Old 03-18-2020, 01:32 PM   #29
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Gimme a liter cola!
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Old 03-18-2020, 01:36 PM   #30
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Another vote for the pillow. They come in several sizes so get the one that fits you the best.
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Old 03-18-2020, 02:01 PM   #31
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One can only assume that you have a problem with being too much of a chick magnet.

Hence the beard which probably helps to tone that down a bit.

Gotta do what you gotta do, right?

I would say that I sympathize but the best I could claim would be - tick magnet.
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Is that a beard or did you superglue a badger pelt to your face?
Lol. Thatís hilarious!1
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I would personally like to try the nasal pillows. Always used a full mask.
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Old 03-18-2020, 02:20 PM   #34
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The nasal pillows allow me to sleep on my side...when I had a full mask I would roll over on my side and break the seal on my face and the roaring would wake me up.
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Old 03-18-2020, 02:39 PM   #35
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My first thought from the mustache pic was Officer Farva from Super Troopers. Try different options before shaving it off!
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Y'all are giving him bad info. You are prescribed a mask depending on whether or not you sleep with your mouth open or not and if you are a mouth breather. I am and hated the full mask. Try the Amara View. It's nice.
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Just got back from a visit to the dr. for an updated script and the respiratory therapist for a nasal type. (and a chin strap in case mouth open becomes an issue) Glad I went to them for it otherwise I wouldn't have known what size I needed.

Never watched super troopers but that is a scary comparison.

Chick magnet... Never!

Maybe I could get a gig as Santa to keep from scaring the kiddies.
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Nasal pillows are the way to go. If you are a mouth breather, wear the chin strap for a month. Then try without it. For some reason after a month I no longer needed mine. Mouth just stayed closed. Also, dont have to cut stash, just trim it down with a number 2. It will be there, but shorter. It wont mess with your mask.
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Old 03-18-2020, 03:39 PM   #39
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Rasputin ? I have no idea how the Rasputin look became popular
But Rasputin survived being poisoned with cyanide 3 times , then shot , then shot again and then dumped in a frozen river, so keep the beard and skip the CPAP
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Old 03-18-2020, 03:40 PM   #40
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I let the insurance buy the machine, i usually buy the mask. Less hassle than dealing with insurance. Get a scrip to the mask co, and you can try different masks. I have a mustache, so the better nose masks wont work. If you use full face, you may need to shave before bed. That was my biggest issue with full face and sealing. I now use this one:
https://www.cpap.com/productpage/pr-...-mask-headgear
Allows sleep on either side. If it works for you it is the most comfortable out there. And look at this site for education. Manage your apnea, learn what the numbers mean.
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/
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Old 03-18-2020, 04:29 PM   #41
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The answer is YES but you don’t have to. I have a beard (not as cool as yours) not an issue because my mask is just the nose pillows. I don’t notice them. Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and not realize I’ve got it on.
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Old 03-18-2020, 05:29 PM   #42
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Y'all are giving him bad info. You are prescribed a mask depending on whether or not you sleep with your mouth open or not and if you are a mouth breather. I am and hated the full mask. Try the Amara View. It's nice.

Dr. Mantooth..... one of your many expertise areas.

I was a mouth breather due to apnea like most folks are because they have to be. . Nasal pillows made me a nose breather. ...The forced air through my nose made me not have to be a breather through my mouth. My information was based on that experience and my Dr. telling me it would happen..., Doctor.
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Nasal pillows. Keep the beard
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Just got back from a visit to the dr. for an updated script and the respiratory therapist for a nasal type. (and a chin strap in case mouth open becomes an issue) Glad I went to them for it otherwise I wouldn't have known what size I needed.

Never watched super troopers but that is a scary comparison.

Chick magnet... Never!

Maybe I could get a gig as Santa to keep from scaring the kiddies.


Sounds like I need to go back and see my sleep doctor.
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Old 03-19-2020, 10:08 AM   #45
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Dr. Mantooth..... one of your many expertise areas.

I was a mouth breather due to apnea like most folks are because they have to be. . Nasal pillows made me a nose breather. ...The forced air through my nose made me not have to be a breather through my mouth. My information was based on that experience and my Dr. telling me it would happen..., Doctor.
I got a chin strap with mine years ago. Never needed it. Nasal pillows pretty much force you to breath through your nose.


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I got a chin strap with mine years ago. Never needed it. Nasal pillows pretty much force you to breath through your nose.


Here's what I use.

Same... on all counts including the mask
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Lose the beard. It looks scraggly!
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Dr. Mantooth..... one of your many expertise areas.

I was a mouth breather due to apnea like most folks are because they have to be. . Nasal pillows made me a nose breather. ...The forced air through my nose made me not have to be a breather through my mouth. My information was based on that experience and my Dr. telling me it would happen..., Doctor.
So then why do they make the full mask? Why would a doctor prescribe them because of the study? They mentioned it after my study.



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Prescribed for a reason.

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I have tried several different kinds and this is the one I keep going back to for the last 10 years. https://www.cpap.com/productpage/dev...llow-cpap-mask
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