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Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Sunday
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Glad to hear it's working, Richard."
Friday
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"
Friday
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
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I have to admit, it's easier to fall asleep."
Mar 31
Ginny Edmundson replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"have always used the comfort setting since starting. I tried it once without and hated it. "
Mar 30

My nose is really sore from sneezing and blowing my nose.  I use the pillow-type cpap and need something to put on/in my nose that won't ruin the nose pillows.

Does anyone have a suggestion?

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Ayr gel can help smooth and repair I believe.  sold at any walgreens, CVS, etc.   will not ruin the nose pillows as far as i know.

I, too, use nose pillows. When I have a cold, I use an unscented moisturiser - Eucerin is good. If you use it throughout the day (not just a bed time), you should find that your nose is getting much less hard and cracked, and your nose pillows much more comfortable. I haven't had any issues with damaging the nose pillows, but *do* wash your nose pillows and hose daily during a cold (if you don't already!), to help prevent prolonging the cold by reinfection (or follow-on sinusitis - learned that the hard way!). One of the benefits that I find with CPAP - colds don't last as long as they used to, thanks to the hurricane blowing in my nose and giving me better sleep than with a cold before CPAP.

When I have a really stuffy cold I have to sleep in a recliner, even with CPAP, just to keep my airway open.

Hope you get over your cold soon!

Thanks for the info, Richard.  I'll give it a try.  I can't use any allergy meds beccause they give me awful anxiety attacks so I'm sort of stuck. 

Rita 

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Lanolin works well.

I was told not to use lanolin by someone in the forum, so now I just use dry skin lotion, whatever I have handy.  They all work.  I was also told not to use anything that has a conditioner in it.  I think that came from the Swift FX for her info booklet.

Thanks for replying.

My understanding is that anything with petroleum products such as vasoline or some lotions should not be used as this may breakdown the silicone. Be careful that the lotions are not scented if you're appying right before CPAP. 

Many users have found lanolin (best is the Lansinoh brand, the NOW brand was yellow &sticky) to soothe and use a very tiny dab just before CPAP and helps seal the pillow. Ayr is simply saline, water soluble, but did not work for me. Be careful with any of these products as the air pressure could drive any larger amount down to your lungs.

If lotions and gels are out, you might ask if water-soluble lubricants (like KY, typically used on other, more intimate body parts) might work. I haven't tried them, but the basic versions are unscented and contain no petroleum products. *All* products have a risk of interactions, use any product with care. I have skin problems with synthetics and wool (so lanoliin can be an issue), but that's *my* skin, not yours - your nose and internals are different than other people's, so be careful using anything new, especially when you're going to have your nose in contact with it, and also inhale it, all night!

Hi Rita, Clear vegatable glycerine by" now" products has been helpfull and is non harmfull.Good Sleep,Chris

That's a good point, Richard. Lanolin does have hypersensitivity issues, so maybe put the product on the skin first unless you've been previously using lanolin creams without reaction. My experience was that the water soluble products such as Ayr did not lubricate enough. Chris, if you tried the vegetable glycerine product to prevent pillow irritation, I might try this next.. pillow irritation is a chronic problem for me.

I can not use Ayr, it bothers my nose. I will find the vegetable glycerine product and give it a try to have something else to use. Thanks

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