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I have been using the Liberty Mirage mask since the middle of the summer. I had no problems with it (other than leaking that was taken care of by Mack's silicone) but over the last 3 weeks I have been having terrible headaches, sore throat, sinus pain, now I have developed a nasty nasal drip and my sinuses feel stuffed up ( I think I have developed an infection). My mouth constantly tastes like metal.

I have the humidifier attached to my machine but I have it set on ' 0 '. The air was too humid, hot and heavy at a 1 or 2 setting so I was told to put the setting on '0' allowing the air to pass over the water. Even with the setting on 0 I was waking up in the middle of the night with a nose full of water and water dripping down my throat (I am a nose breather).

I don't know if the drier fall/winter air is what is causing the problem. I can't crank up the humidifier or I will drown. I do clean my humidifier tank regularly so I don't think I am having problems from bacteria in the water.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Luckily I have a quattro mask to use until my sinuses clear. I have not been able to use my quattro consistently because of a sore I keep getting on the bridge of my nose but I do prefer the way the air feels in a full face mask.

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see what happens it you disconect the humidifer
Many people don't need to use a humidifier. Count yourself lucky if you don't need to use a humidifier. I believe that humidifiers at least double the hassle factor of using CPAP. Without a humidifier, there is no water, no rainout, and you don't have to carry it when you travel.
I don't know where you live but here in the midwest almost everyone around our community has the symptoms you describe, cpap or not.

Some are getting sicker than others and no it isn't the H1N1 (although I do admit it is going around as well). In fact I was just at the doctor yesterday since I have asthma and tend to get bronchitis. Mine has turned into bronchitis.

I suggest you make an appointment with the doc to make sure you don't need an antibotic since you have pain and headaches with it. That tends to mean it has turned into a nasty infection.

Do you have your hose covered? I would start by covering your hose with fleece or other insulating type material. That should greatly reduce any water dripping. If it is covered you may want to check on a heated hose.
I just got over those same symptoms. I had them for a month. I would be fine one day and crappy the next. I went to the doc on Wed. They told me I was being plagued by a low grade something or other. 3 days of antibiotics and I am starting to feel consistent again.
I don't know where you live but here in the midwest almost everyone around our community has the symptoms you describe, cpap or not.

I live in New England. It does get dry during the winter months.
Being in the midwest our indoor areas are dry because of the heating systems, probably the same as yours. I know you all can get some really nasty weather as well.

Our weather has been odd this year. Rain when it typically is dry, dry when we usually get rain, cool rainy summer, etc.
We did not have much of a Summer in Indy this year. It stayed pretty cool with the exception of a few weeks.

sleepycarol said:
Being in the midwest our indoor areas are dry because of the heating systems, probably the same as yours. I know you all can get some really nasty weather as well.

Our weather has been odd this year. Rain when it typically is dry, dry when we usually get rain, cool rainy summer, etc.
Can you explane more about Mack's silicone????
Mack's silicone is actually silicone ear plugs that you can purchase over the counter at any WalMart, Walgreens, many grocery stores and other outlets. They come either 3 pairs to a package or 6 pairs in a package (if my memory serves me correctly).

The "blobs" are uniform in size and are malleable, meaning that you can roll them into a long "snake" like rope.

Here is how I have done it, pinch off a glob of the silicone. Depending how long, thick you need it, you will have to use your own judgement and add more or less depending. Roll it into a thin rope, typically it doesn't need to be very thick as your mask should fit without large gaps. Place the rolled silicone onto the gasket of the mask where it touches your face. Put the mask on and adjust it as needed. The silicone will adhere to your skin making for a better seal, but is easily removeable. I have heard some say it can be a pain to remove though. It can be peeled off and reused until it looses it stickiness.

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