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Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea
"Hi ZolliStar, I've heard before that speech therapy, or singing lessons can help sleep apnea.  The problem at that time was there was no way to determine which exercises help.  Getting research done, rather than anecdotal would be…"
Monday
ZolliStar posted a discussion

Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea

Some people report that singing -- singing! -- really helps their sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen Park said that myology (which are exercises to strengthen muscles around the inside of one's mouth area) helps some. I think singing would be better.  If you read all the FAQs on this (click below), I think you'll agree that it makes sense for some. Maybe you.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
Monday
ZolliStar posted a discussion
Jul 20
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I've been doing well.  I think you were going to try the cpap without humidity- did that help at all?  I haven't had a cold for a couple of years."
May 14
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"CPAP seems to cause stuffiness in many of us.  ANother reason I hate it so much!Do you rinse your nose with saline once a day…maybe before you go to bed for the night? "
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do wake up stuffed up most days"
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do have non allergic rhinitis. Now I'm thinking that's probably it because I only feel that way for a day or 2. Thank you"
May 4
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I have been lucky.  Not one cold past three years. Could some of your problem be allergies?"
May 4
richard graham posted a discussion

sick again

It seems like I am sick with colds more often when I'm on the CPAP. Anybody experience that.
Apr 30
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"As of now I no longer have to use a chin strap.  I am anxious about the sleep study.  Wondering if I will be able to sleep WITHOUT the CPAP….even thought I hate it it is a part of every night now and is what I am used to.  "
Apr 20
I think I read about this on another site. My apologies if this is a repost here.

I am one of those who gets a lot of redness and irritation on the bridge of my nose from my mask. Moleskin has worked the best so far, but some days the bridge of my nose is an angry red (What happened to your nose? comments). There is a product called "Comfort Care Sleep Comfort Care Pad" available on cpap.com (maybe other places). It is "hypoallergenic, silicone and latex free". I just got mine yesterday- a small size as I wear a small quattro. I still seems to be too wide and I may have to cut it down. I didn't try it last night as it has a funny smell and is going to require a mirror and a few minutes of fitting/adjusting time. I'm soaking it in baking soda for a while today to see if I can get rid of the smell. It is a "polymer gel composed of USP grade mineral oil", supposed to last 30 days: also "mosturizes by gradually and constantly diffusing onto the skin". Cost $15.00 plus shipping. Came quickly.
I heard pros and cons about it, but it certainly may be worth trying. I'll report back on how it works.

Mary Zimlich

Tags: bridge, nose, pad

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Sorry that was misunderstood. The important part is "mineral oil" or any product containing mineral oil. There are many lip balms available that use vegetable based oils which are fine. Mineral oil is often found in petroleum jelly, baby oil, and many common lotions and creams. There are alternative vegetable oil products to these such as those made by "Burt's Bees" and many others. It was the mineral oil component that was warned to be combustible when used around the oxygen.

Banyon said:
RL said:

I was warned by my DME to not even use a lip balm or any other product with mineral oil around the oxygen concentrator due to potential hazard of combustability.

That sounds ridiculous to me. I would hate to think someone does without lip balm because of an irresponsible comment. Please someone correct me if you have scientific reasoning to forego lip balm.

I make sure to use lip balms containing no petroleum jelly (Vaseline). This is not because of flammability issue, but it is because petroleum jelly will breakdown the mask.

Footnote: If you are in bed using CPAP, using supplemental oxygen, smoking pot and lighting firecrackers, then I would say don't use lip balm.
The petroleum jelly will also disrupt the seal, hence why I tell my patients, especially those male patients ;), to not use moisturizer at night. Has anyone tried duoderm? It is a pad that can be used on the bridge of the nose and it is available over the counter or over the internet. We use duoderm in the hospitals for patients who need to be on continuous CPAP.

Banyon said:
RL said:

I was warned by my DME to not even use a lip balm or any other product with mineral oil around the oxygen concentrator due to potential hazard of combustability.

That sounds ridiculous to me. I would hate to think someone does without lip balm because of an irresponsible comment. Please someone correct me if you have scientific reasoning to forego lip balm.

I make sure to use lip balms containing no petroleum jelly (Vaseline). This is not because of flammability issue, but it is because petroleum jelly will breakdown the mask.

Footnote: If you are in bed using CPAP, using supplemental oxygen, smoking pot and lighting firecrackers, then I would say don't use lip balm.
Linda, duoderm must work well in the hospital for you to recommend it here. I'll have to take a look for some duoderm.
Thanks,
Mary Z.

Linda Birnbaum said:
Banyon said:
RL said:

I was warned by my DME to not even use a lip balm or any other product with mineral oil around the oxygen concentrator due to potential hazard of combustability.

That sounds ridiculous to me. I would hate to think someone does without lip balm because of an irresponsible comment. Please someone correct me if you have scientific reasoning to forego lip balm.

I make sure to use lip balms containing no petroleum jelly (Vaseline). This is not because of flammability issue, but it is because petroleum jelly will breakdown the mask.

Footnote: If you are in bed using CPAP, using supplemental oxygen, smoking pot and lighting firecrackers, then I would say don't use lip balm.
We will have to see. I'm trying to get some duoderm for a patient of mine. I want him to try a sample before he pays for a package of them. It is over the counter. Let me know how you like it if you try it.

Mary Z said:
Linda, duoderm must work well in the hospital for you to recommend it here. I'll have to take a look for some duoderm.
Thanks,
Mary Z.

Linda Birnbaum said:

%3CCITE"">Banyon said:
RL said:

I was warned by my DME to not even use a lip balm or any other product with mineral oil around the oxygen concentrator due to potential hazard of combustability.

That sounds ridiculous to me. I would hate to think someone does without lip balm because of an irresponsible comment. Please someone correct me if you have scientific reasoning to forego lip balm.

I make sure to use lip balms containing no petroleum jelly (Vaseline). This is not because of flammability issue, but it is because petroleum jelly will breakdown the mask.

Footnote: If you are in bed using CPAP, using supplemental oxygen, smoking pot and lighting firecrackers, then I would say don't use lip balm.
I ordered a 4X4 sheet of extra thin duoderm from Amazon for 10.93. I'll try it out before ordering more. It is very expensive, but Amazon seems to have some good prices. If you google duoderm there are a lot of choices.
Thanks Linda,
Mary Z.

Linda Birnbaum said:
We will have to see. I'm trying to get some duoderm for a patient of mine. I want him to try a sample before he pays for a package of them. It is over the counter. Let me know how you like it if you try it.

Mary Z said:
Linda, duoderm must work well in the hospital for you to recommend it here. I'll have to take a look for some duoderm.
Thanks,
Mary Z.

Linda Birnbaum said:
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%3CCITE"">Banyon said:
RL said:

I was warned by my DME to not even use a lip balm or any other product with mineral oil around the oxygen concentrator due to potential hazard of combustability.

That sounds ridiculous to me. I would hate to think someone does without lip balm because of an irresponsible comment. Please someone correct me if you have scientific reasoning to forego lip balm.

I make sure to use lip balms containing no petroleum jelly (Vaseline). This is not because of flammability issue, but it is because petroleum jelly will breakdown the mask.

Footnote: If you are in bed using CPAP, using supplemental oxygen, smoking pot and lighting firecrackers, then I would say don't use lip balm.
Linda, I also found this available on line at walgreens.
Any thoughts on this product.? Sounds promising to me.
DuoDERM Hydroactive Sterile Gel is a clear, preservative-free, viscous, hydrogel that contains hydrocolloids. Designed for the management of partial- and full-thickness wounds, such as pressure sores and leg ulcers. It is ideal for use as a filler in dry cavity wounds because it provides a moist healing environment and helps to soften and remove necrotic tissue through the natural autolytic process of debridement.
$30.99 for 30 gms.
Mary Z.

Mary Z said:
I ordered a 4X4 sheet of extra thin duoderm from Amazon for 10.93. I'll try it out before ordering more. It is very expensive, but Amazon seems to have some good prices. If you google duoderm there are a lot of choices.
Thanks Linda,
Mary Z.

Linda Birnbaum said:
We will have to see. I'm trying to get some duoderm for a patient of mine. I want him to try a sample before he pays for a package of them. It is over the counter. Let me know how you like it if you try it.

Mary Z said:
Linda, duoderm must work well in the hospital for you to recommend it here. I'll have to take a look for some duoderm.
Thanks,
Mary Z.

Linda Birnbaum said:
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%3CCITE"">Banyon said:
RL said:

I was warned by my DME to not even use a lip balm or any other product with mineral oil around the oxygen concentrator due to potential hazard of combustability.

That sounds ridiculous to me. I would hate to think someone does without lip balm because of an irresponsible comment. Please someone correct me if you have scientific reasoning to forego lip balm.

I make sure to use lip balms containing no petroleum jelly (Vaseline). This is not because of flammability issue, but it is because petroleum jelly will breakdown the mask.

Footnote: If you are in bed using CPAP, using supplemental oxygen, smoking pot and lighting firecrackers, then I would say don't use lip balm.
The use of supplemental oxygen will make any combustible material around it or exposed to it more flammable. How ever it will not cause it to catch fire! You have to have a source of ignition, open flame or spark. So smoking or using any thing that can generate a spark should not be used around the oxygen!

As far as having problems with soreness on the bridge of ones nose with some of these full face masks, has anyone tried using the Respironics Fit Life mask? I have been using it since last August and personally for me it is the absolute best mask I have ever used, and I have used many! Beyond a doubt I think it is the most comfortable and I get the lowest leak rates that I have ever gotten with any mask! And I have a full beard, and my leak rates are for most of the time are extremely low and I have even had a few nights that were zero, most of the time it is between 4 and 10 Liters per minute. and my machine gives me a mask fit of excellent! Just a thought for those having problems with the bridge of their nose.
Definitely a good solution for nose soreness. It is a hit or miss when trying to find the right mask. Especially one that wont eat at your face. Good luck with the Jason mask.

White Beard said:
The use of supplemental oxygen will make any combustible material around it or exposed to it more flammable. How ever it will not cause it to catch fire! You have to have a source of ignition, open flame or spark. So smoking or using any thing that can generate a spark should not be used around the oxygen!

As far as having problems with soreness on the bridge of ones nose with some of these full face masks, has anyone tried using the Respironics Fit Life mask? I have been using it since last August and personally for me it is the absolute best mask I have ever used, and I have used many! Beyond a doubt I think it is the most comfortable and I get the lowest leak rates that I have ever gotten with any mask! And I have a full beard, and my leak rates are for most of the time are extremely low and I have even had a few nights that were zero, most of the time it is between 4 and 10 Liters per minute. and my machine gives me a mask fit of excellent! Just a thought for those having problems with the bridge of their nose.
Jason mask? What is a Jason mask?

Linda Birnbaum said:
Definitely a good solution for nose soreness. It is a hit or miss when trying to find the right mask. Especially one that wont eat at your face. Good luck with the Jason mask.
The Total Face Mask

http://totalfacemask.respironics.com/

I believe it is used more for surgical procedures. I do believe that we have a member or 2 here at SG that use them.

Judy said:
Jason mask? What is a Jason mask?

Linda Birnbaum said:
Definitely a good solution for nose soreness. It is a hit or miss when trying to find the right mask. Especially one that wont eat at your face. Good luck with the Jason mask.
Is this a one-size-fits-all mask or does it come in a Small? The Respironics site really doesn't say. I always need a Small, XSmall or Petite size in every mask I've tried.

How did it ever come to be called the "Jason mask"??
Not sure Judy. I have never actually seen one.

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