Okay, so maybe my bad last to nights were increasing stuffiness of nose.
I've got a low grade fever now, breaking into sweat. Nose sneezy, stuffy, throat a bit meh.
I do not own a full face mask. There seem to be two camps on colds from what little I've picked up on...must have F.F or wear your nasal pillows, use netti pot, oral decongestants etc...(I also have nose steroids flonase on hand if folk think that might help)
Sure I can go to GP in the week or so it will take me to get in..so Need advice to get me though.
I was at the place of considering a tiny pressure increase maybe from 7.0 cmH20 to 7.2 on bottom and 14.00 to maybe 14.4 on top? Should I delay that? Or might a cold mean I need to go a little higher or lower due to cold?
Please Advise, Out of my depth here.
Susan in SF.
The Manse Hen is her coop, under the straw.
02-11-2015, 09:13 PM
(This post was last modified: 02-11-2015, 09:15 PM by me50.)
I use a nasal mask and I had the crud from Nov to Jan. I basically do what I normally do when I get the crud with the exception of I cleaned my hose, chamber mask, cushion, etc. more often than normal. I let it run its course. I had some ear drops left over from a previous ear issue and I used those and just as I was finishing using them for the prescribed number of days, my ear started hurting so bad that I had to make a trip to the doc. I did use nasal spray (script) but only as needed. Just like with any crud (provided it isn't flu and/or pneumonia), you just have to let it run its course. My philosophy is take as little meds as you can get away with, drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. Have as little contact with people as possible. You may lose friends if you spread your crud to others. YMMV
I too have had my first cold since starting cpap which was a year ago. It developed into bronchitis and made my asthma bad. I have always felt that cpap has kept my sinuses more open then normal because of the pressure. I use a full face mask and ironically I just bought my 1st nasal pillow mask the week that the cold began. I tried it for a couple of hours and decided that for now a full face mask was better. I was coughing up phlegm and the nasal pillows kept leaking.
It is probably a good idea to have a full face mask just for this reason but I do not know if trying to shop for a mask when you have a cold is a good idea. I tried about 6 masks before I found one that was comfortably.
Experiment and see what works. I do not feel that your planned increase in pressure will harm any thing.
The Flonase should help some.