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In recent months, I have developed extreme dry mouth as a result of the CPAP.  I am a mouth breather when using CPAP.Recently, I saw an advertisement for the symptoms of dry mouth, but as usual, when I need the information to have a discussion with both my primary care  physician and my dentist I haven't seen the ad. Has anyone else seen the ad and can anyone remember the info in the ad?Thanks in advance,DanSee More
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CPAP - cure worse than the disease

It's ironic that before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2000, I had no problem sleeping 8-9 hours a night. If I did wake up during the night, I had no problem falling right back to sleep, and I wasn't tired during the day.From the first night I brought home the CPAP I haven't had one decent night's sleep. Not one. I don't have any problem falling asleep, but I can't stay asleep. At first I was waking up after 4-5 hours and couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Now it's more like…See More
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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

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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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