Ie been having congestion problems all along but have been sleeping with the cpap up to 8+ hrs a night with very few mask removals.
Its been recently it has gotten worse so I'm down to 4, 5 hrs of sleep a night with the mask.
I was doing so great all this time with slight problems but working through it.
But now its like night and day.
I'm going to see doctor tomorrow, maybe I have a infection or something I dunno.
Hopefully tonight will be different.
I took a clariton today. Maybe that will help.
Thxs again for advice. :-)
Hi everyone! Newbie here but I've had good luck with Nasacort nasal spray. No rebound effect like antihistamines as this is a steroid. No smell or bad taste. I use it 10 min before I mask up. It's pricey but it works in my experience. Hope this helps.
My 2 cents.
I have chronic rhinitis. I have had my nose cauterised several times due to inhaler induced thickening of the membranes (beconase etc) so I avoid them as much as possible now. I had sinus irrigation done 3 times till I refused to ever consider it again (slow learner) - something I think should be relegated back to the spanish inquisition from whence it came.
My ENT has me on Nasonex,a steroid spray which I use sparingly as I was told the other ones could be used continuously also (yeah, right!). I believed them the first time and paid for it.
I do a saline sinus wash twice a day which helps a lot. I use a home brew of salt and baking soda (20:1 ratio by volume dry)
I use Telfast antihistamine when the pollens get too much.
My sinuses still pack up at times and I must admit defeat and put on the full face mask, and mouth breathe to sleep. - By full face I mean it covers my mouth and nose, not my eyes. A friend has a mask that covers the eyes as well and that freaks me out - he laughs at me and says to try it and I will never go back.
Sometimes my nose is open but too sore for pillows, so I put on the nasal mask.
All that said the nasal pillows do work up to about 80% blocked - they do open me up better than the nasal mask though I do not understand why (the blocked area is well above the nostrils so cannot expand out. The CPAP runs on slightly higher pressure than usual - so an autoset is needed.
I must wash my hose and mask regularly. I must clean the filter. I must have distilled or filtered water (not just tap water) in the humidifier and have it on at least 2 degrees above room temp.
I find that trying to sleep without the CPAP a waste of time. I percieve I sleep but it is just a lack of consciousness - I get no rest from it.
Of course ymmv. This is how it works for me with my nose issues.
Had a visit with the doctor yesterday.
I have a sinus and ear infection.
Since I just had one a few months ago (before cpap) she's going to send me to an ENT.
The last two nights have been a bit better.
Hopefully I'll be back on the road to sleeping well again. :-)