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[CPAP] Is air supposed to come from there?
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Katmanndoo Offline

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Machine: ResMed VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Swift FX
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CPAP Pressure: 10/6 BiPAP
CPAP Software: Other Software

Other Comments: Started BiPAP August 26, 2015

Sex: Female
Location: Carthage, NY

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Question Is air supposed to come from there?
Hello everyone! I'm new here, and new to the whole BiPAP thing. I've had my machine for almost 2 weeks now. Still getting used to it, but it's not so bad since it's only the nasal pillows. I've already found out (from here before I registered I think) that lanolin is the best, most amazing cream available when you have something stuck to your nose all night!

Anyway, my question might seem obvious, but why does air come out of the hose that connects to my nasal pillow? There is a rough, flat spot right at the top, and a constant stream of air comes out of that. Maybe it's because I have a BiPAP? I think it's going to be cold once Winter hits because I live in northern NY and nights are cold in the house pretty much no matter what you do. If the air isn't cold blowing on me, it will probably be cold blowing on my husband. Bigwink

Thanks for any thoughts on this. Thanks
09-07-2015 09:27 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #2
RE: Is air supposed to come from there?
Hi Katmanndoo,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
It sounds like you’re describing the vent, and yes, air is supposed to come out of those holes but there are other pillows masks that have vent holes in a different place on them.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and much success to you, as you continue your CPAP therapy.

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09-07-2015 09:48 PM
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PoolQ Offline

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Machine: AirCurve 10 VAUTO
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Amara View
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CPAP Pressure: 6.2, 15, PS4.0
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: Sillicon Valley

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RE: Is air supposed to come from there?
perfectly normal, it allows the change speed as needed instead of start and stop, it keeps CO2 from building up in the mask, and when you exhale that is where your breath goes out.

Many people increase the CPAP air temp in the winter, just a thought, but yep it's there all the time, has to be.
09-07-2015 09:51 PM
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Machine: PR System One DS560
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Location: Eugene, Oregon

Post: #4
RE: Is air supposed to come from there?
The air only flows in one direction, from the machine to the mask. Every mask has vent holes to let out the exhaled air.

If the air gets too cold for you in the winter, you may want to get a Climate Line heated hose.
09-07-2015 09:57 PM
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Katmanndoo Offline

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Machine: ResMed VPAP Auto
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Mask Make & Model: ResMed Swift FX
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Other Comments: Started BiPAP August 26, 2015

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Location: Carthage, NY

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RE: Is air supposed to come from there?
Thank you all! I do have heated tubing so I'm sure that helps a little. Smile
09-08-2015 09:07 AM
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Location: Where they make Respironics

Post: #6
RE: Is air supposed to come from there?
The Resmed Airfit P10 mask is a newer model of the FX pillows mask, and uses a much finer diffuser that does not noticeably blow air through a small vent. The jet of air from the FX was disruptive to me, and I switched to the P10 last December. Now I no longer blow air on my wife, or my pillow or arms, whatever. A quiet gentle exchange of air through the P10 diffuser is the best feature of that mask. The exhaust is an essential function to prevent rebreathing of expired air.

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09-08-2015 09:19 AM
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