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Couple of questions from a new guy.
Hi,
I am new Cpap therapy and have been switching between a nasal pillow and a full mask depending on how stuffed up my nose gets (bad allergy season in Az) when I awake during the night. I'm averaging 6 hours of sleep or so, and prefer the nasal pillow, which I usually start out with.
Although I am not aware of a leak, my cheeks are really dry, chapped,red, and itchy from using these devices.I've tried aloe vera, but its not doing the job. I am thinking of trying vaseline to protect my skin at night. Do others have this problem and what do you use on your face?
As an aside, I find that while not as groggy in the morning as I once was, I get up more frequently at night than I used to, due to either a sore nose or other comfort issues. I am assuming this is par for a beginner?

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04-16-2012 02:27 PM
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RE: Couple of questions from a new guy.
Hi Cabut Welcome

I hope you enjoy your time here on the Apnea Board. Firstly yes it is par for the course to get a sore and irritated face, usually nose cheeks, eyes etc. This does pass in time when your face becomes hardend to it but I would suggest more to vasaline as its more of a barrier but Im afraid its trial and error as whats good for the goose, if you get my drift. For me I used nivia till my face became use to it and now I dont have to use anything although I still do now and then just to keep looking young Cool

If your getting bunged up try using a cold remedy like Obas Oil on a tissue or piece of cotton and place it behind your machine, next to the intake. This will clear your nose in no time and give you some relief. I hope this helps you on your new journey. Anything else, just shout up.

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04-16-2012 02:37 PM
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RE: Couple of questions from a new guy.
This is why I could not use one of the hybrid masks. My lips after the first night were bleeding. I tried the second night but just could not tolerate my mouth being constantly blown open.

A lotion containing bees wax may last longer. Or lanolin. Anything that is to help with 'wind damaged skin'. Poke around on the 'net to see what sky divers and the like use.

The nasal pillows should help with the congestion. I am always surprised when it happens to me. I lay down thinking I'll not get any air but it keeps the nose open.

If your nose is hurting from the nasal pillows, you either have a size too large or you have the mask on too tight.

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RE: Couple of questions from a new guy.
Yes indeed, allergies can be a nuisance. However, I have found that my use of the CPAP(and I do use pillows) has been a gentle blessing when I get congested. When I'm congested (allergy or cold) and before going to bed, I will use a sinus rinse, and then the CPAP pressures will open up my nostrils wonderfully. Its as if my allergies or cold have disappeared.

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04-16-2012 04:20 PM
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RE: Couple of questions from a new guy.
Thanks everyone.
I happened to download SleepyHead and look at my first 12 days.
Average total leaks=25.99 for the last 7 days. Is that high reading?. The thing is with the nasal pillows I can't physically detect a leak so them how am I going to correct it?

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04-16-2012 04:42 PM
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RE: Couple of questions from a new guy.
(04-16-2012 04:42 PM)Cabut Wrote:  Average total leaks=25.99 for the last 7 days. Is that high reading?.
Hi Cabut
Total leak (25.99 ) = intentional leak plus unintentional leak
It looks you,re not leaking at all and its just about the intentional leak of either resmed or respironics full face masks at pressure 7

Doesn't SH shows unintentional leak?
04-17-2012 02:09 AM
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RE: Couple of questions from a new guy.
(04-17-2012 02:09 AM)zonk Wrote:  Doesn't SH shows unintentional leak?

the current download version of sleepyhead gives both. but when you run the update, in the settings you get a choice of one or the other, not both.
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