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99 replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"Hi Richard I mainly use an empty humidifier as it reduces noise"
Feb 16
richard graham left a comment for richard graham
"When I can afford it I'd like to get New machine with heated tube"
Feb 10
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"I would like to see this forum active again as well. I will be more aware of what's going on"
Feb 10
ZolliStar posted a discussion

If you have trouble falling asleep....

I thought that when I got my sleep apnea diagnosis, that -- at last! -- all my sleep problems had come to an end.Ha!I have trouble falling asleep. Indeed, I rarely feel sleepy at night although I do feel tired. I even cut back on computer at night, etc., etc. (and installed f.lux on my computer) but I still had trouble. Now I'm doing something different: wearing special glasses (Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear glasses). They block out the blue -- and they're making a difference! First I tried…See More
Feb 1
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"i have purchased some silver the make my own colloidal silver"
Dec 21, 2014
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"just add to the distilled water it is antimicrobial eg cleans your machine and is beneficial for keeping you healthy  from bugs germs viruses you get the picture and when you need to clean the humidifier out, put water on your plants the silver…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"If the heated tube works with your machine I would try that.  They also make covers for your tubing which may help some.  I think the heated tube may be your answer.  Keep us posted."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Richard, some folks just use the humidifier in a Passover mode.  They just don't turn it on, but let the air pick up moisture without heat."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"99, where have you been?  Do you add the colloidal silver to your humidifier?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"I Andy, I realize I'm months behind your post.  I have no idea why your S8 would stoop collecting data.  I'm glad to hear  you're having such improvement with your apnea.  I have made great strides since I changed…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?
"Andy, just found your post.  I don't know anything about this new machine.  How are you liking your new ResMed?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for Kay Day
"Kay, I haven't been around myself and miss the old, active forum."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Hi Richard,  I don't bother with a humidifier.  Someone on the forum suggested not using it and I'm a lot less congested without it.  A good AHI is under 5.  I use the Wisp and have been since it came out.  I think…"
Dec 21, 2014
hifay replied to Mary Z's discussion Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis
"Always something. Thanks for the information."
Dec 21, 2014
99 posted a discussion

colloidal silver

a humidifier can be used with colloidal silverthis can keep the humidifier clean for day maybe weeks or longer without the need to clean the humidifiersilver colloidal is antimicrobial and you could just top up your humidifier without cleaning and at the same time treat your bodyor you just put silver on it own into the humidifierSee More
Dec 20, 2014
richard graham posted a status
"I feel like the humidifier is making me feel yucky and I'm waking up hacking and having to clear my throat a lot for a while."
Nov 3, 2014
richard graham posted a discussion

what's a good AHI?

I've been using and auto and it says my AHI HAS been between 4 and 6 and wondering what's a good range.
Nov 2, 2014
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?

Hi All,I've just ordered a new Resmed S10 AirSense, and I was wondering if anyone here has used one?Any information or input would be appreciated!See More
Sep 29, 2014
Andy replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"Hi All, Well, I went to the sleep doc today, and he ordered a new S10 for me! I still don't know why my S8 is not tracking data anymore. Anyone have any ideas?"
Sep 29, 2014
Oscar Lemus updated their profile
Sep 25, 2014

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. 



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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