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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.  "
Sunday
Clueless in Redwood Shores replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"I had it on the same outpatient basis.  Much pain, no long term gain.  I did not have the annual repetition - that might or might not have made the difference. "
Sunday
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Glad to hear it's working, Richard."
Apr 11
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"The chin strap is helping. Been having better sleep. Thanks Ginny and Mary for your help"
Apr 11
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Thanks, Mary~  Fingers are crossed.  My pressure is one point lower than when I began (7) and AHI is some lower (7 day average).  I am anxious about sleep study as I have not slept without CPAP in 2.5 years!   "
Apr 6
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Good job, Ginny Hope the sleep study shows some good results."
Apr 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Last procedure done!  This time he gave me meds to take before so less anxiety while waiting!  For the first time I was able to eat normal food on the way home after the procedure.  No pain after 12 hours.  If it only works.…"
Apr 5
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Some folks run their humidifiers in passover mode- not turning on the heat just letting the air blow over the water.  That would not give any heat though. "
Apr 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Interesting, I actually feel a little better when I don't use the humidifier, but the humidifier helps with sinuses. The cold air stuff's me up. Gonna try running heat and a nasal spray"
Apr 4
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Good luck with it- let us know how you do, Richard."
Apr 4
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I just picked up a new chin strap and will use it with my ultra mirage."
Apr 4
richard graham posted a discussion

nasal sprays

Just wanting some suggestions for some good nasal sprays to dry up sinusus. Thank you
Apr 3
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Thanks Mary"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I have both.  I use the chin strap with my Wisp and I also have a FFM if I choose to use that one. I'm a mouth breather.  I find nasal masks are easier to fit without leaks"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Nasacort is now available without a prescription.  I personally use Afrin on the rare nights I need it for being stuffed up."
Apr 3
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Mary, do you recommend a good nasal spray?"
Apr 2
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Wondering if mouth breathers do better with FFM"
Apr 2
richard graham posted a discussion

mouth breathing

I'm a mouth breather, and am wondering weather to get a chin strap or affm
Apr 2
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I've been thinking about trying a nasal spray. Thanks that's useful info."
Apr 2

Nasal Irrigation/Sinus Rinse - Isotonic vs. Hypertonic Solution & Xylitol

I currently have started regularly using the nasal irrigation (the neilmed bottle with Isotonic solution). I have OSA, chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, and swollen turbinates. I have found the nasal irrigation has helped. I was wondering if others have found the Hypertonic solution to be better than the Isotonic. I'm trying to attack all issues at once, since they all relate in some way and are difficult to tackle one at a time.


Some relevant info:
Hypertonic Saline Solution
http://www.neilmed.com/common/hypertonic.html
http://www.achooallergy.com/isotonic-vs-hypertonic.asp
These guys also include xylitol in their rinse:
http://www.xlear.com/nasal-spray.aspx

xylitol
http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/7-12-2006-102081.asp

Note: I also take singulair at night and omnaris (1x spray each nostril morning & night).


So basically I'm asking:

1) What do people think of hypertonic vs. isotonic saline solution?
2) Any thoughts on Xylitol?


Thanks!

Tags: hypertonic, irrigation, isotonic, xylitol

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Nasal irrigation with saline is a great way of addressing many nasal/sinus issues. Regarding isotnic vs. hypertonic, the debate has been going on for years. There are proponents of both. Hypertonic works better because it's saltier and therefore decongests your nasal membranes much more effectively. However, there are studies that show that hypertonic saline immobilizes the cilia of the nasal mucous membranes. Either way, you need to experiment with both and keep using whichever works better for you. I don't have any experience with Xylitol nasal spray. There are dozens of various nasal saline preparations.
If your sinusitis is not caused by allergies and you have swollen turbinates then I think hypertonic solution will probably work better for you. Hypertonic solution is less comfortable than isotonic but has far greater evidence to support its efficacy.

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