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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

Sore nostrils with my nasal pillow mask!!!! Several night time awakenings

Can anyone tell me why my nostrils hurt when I am wearing my nasal pillow mask...it burns at night....this is new-- my nose has some red marks.....but nothing major it is a little sore during the day but really burns at night????Help please :)

Is it normal to suddenly to wake alot during the night, I have been wearing my mask okay without any awakenings.......then lately waking up several times a night--getting more tired instead of feeling rested....

Any feeback would be greatly appreciated.....

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How long have you been using the mask that is bothering you? How long have you been using a cpap?

Which mask are you using? Somewhere on the mask, hopefully, it will tell. If not please give us more description, if you are able.

I used Ayr gel when I was toughening my nares up. Others have used lanolin successfully. Do not use petroleum based products as they have a tendency to break down the silicone.
I found this happening when I do not have the straps adjusted properly and it is actually pulling the pillow up instead of onto your face.. Man does it cause some discomfort...
Nasal pillows do "apply" the air pressure more directly into your nostrils than a nasal cushion or a full face mask. You may need a little more humidity if this is a recent problem. AND some Ayr Saline Nasal Gel or even Ayr Saline Nasal Spray tho I personally feel the Gel is better in this type of situation. NEVER use petroleum based products in or near the nostrils. It is detrimental to your health.

Also it could be that your headgear is not quite centered on your head and pulling your nasal pillows slightly more to one side than the other, or the hose is tugging your nasal pillows slight more to one side than the other if it is just one nostril and the pillow itself is rubbing the interior of your nose. That was a problem I had w/the original Swift. And you are right about the air "burning" .... it felt like someone pouring salt on a raw wound!
Are you cleaning your nasal pillows regularly? The suggested regimen is daily cleaning with soap and water. The symptoms you describe could be due to dirty pillows irritating your nostrils.
I want to thank everyone for their suggestions, I will be trying the Ayr gel.....tired of the burn ouch lol
I was having that problem and I was told to get the aloe gel with lidocaine that you use when you have a sunburn.
They told me to put just a small amount around the nasal part....I started using and it works perfect and it helps give you a good seal.
Judy said what I was going to say, but better....

This is one of the problems with Nasal Pillow masks.

If you can tolerate wearing a nasal mask to allow your nares to heal, that would be great.

Jason

Judy said:
Nasal pillows do "apply" the air pressure more directly into your nostrils than a nasal cushion or a full face mask. You may need a little more humidity if this is a recent problem. AND some Ayr Saline Nasal Gel or even Ayr Saline Nasal Spray tho I personally feel the Gel is better in this type of situation. NEVER use petroleum based products in or near the nostrils. It is detrimental to your health.

Also it could be that your headgear is not quite centered on your head and pulling your nasal pillows slightly more to one side than the other, or the hose is tugging your nasal pillows slight more to one side than the other if it is just one nostril and the pillow itself is rubbing the interior of your nose. That was a problem I had w/the original Swift. And you are right about the air "burning" .... it felt like someone pouring salt on a raw wound!

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