I have been using my machine for 6months and up until 2weeks ago have been happy with my readings-Anywhere between 8-11 hours and readings of 1.2 to 2.0
For the AHIs.
However the last 2 weeks I have been unable to keep the mask on for more than 5 hours because of a blocked nose . Whether this is because of Spring and an allergic reaction I don't know .Has anyone had the same problem please?
Nasal drops do not work.
This is a very common condition, and you'll find a lot of prior threads.
October is allergy month here in Perth, so it may well be where you are. There are three basic types of nasal drops: 1) Supermarket brands such as Nyal (pretty useless), 2) Pharmacy lines such as Chemists Own. These are very effective but you can only use them for a few days at a time, otherwise there is a "rebound" effect that can actually make the congestion worse, 3) steroid based. The steroids are very effective against some conditions and don't have any rebound effect, but you must have a prescription. The thing with the steroids is they don't work instantly, you need to take them for a few days before you see much of an effect. It's also debatable whether you should really be squirting steroids up your nose.
Other things to try include a saline rinse (just a bit of salt dissolved in water), inhaling eucalyptus oil (not too much as it can be toxic in large doses).
A totally different line of investigation is to see if your mask is pinching your nose below the bridge. I have one particular mask which does this, and that causes bad congestion.
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Hi Lorraine .. My allergies will kick up this time of year (fall) here in the southern part of the USA and usually bother me the most during waking periods. Don't really have much trouble sleeping.. That said. I do use a antihistamine spray twice a day. I also frequently will use a "neti-pot" to rinse ( I use the squeeze bottle style) the sinuses out. In southern USA at this time of year one of the worst culprits is ragweed. Try the nasal rinse before bed. I'll bet it helps.
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