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Help with nasal pillow and nose pain
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jane bradley Offline

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Machine: phillips
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
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Humidifier: unsure
CPAP Pressure: 8
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Location: arizona

Post: #1
Help with nasal pillow and nose pain
Three days ago I woke up in the night with pain in my nose, and adjusted the mask in case it was too tight (I have nasal pillows). The next day I had pain that continued mainly on one side of the nose just next to where the nostril meets the nasal bone. Went to my gp that day (because I have had cellulitis several years ago), he looked and could not see any issues either inside or outside. He said it was probably from the mask being too tight and was a cartilage soreness. The discomfort has continued to some degree or another for the last several days - especially when I touch the nose on that side, or eat (move my nose). I noticed this afternoon that the cartilage on the inside of the same nostril has become a little swollen. I have not used my cpap since this started (have been using masks for many years and this is the first time in years I have not used it). Has anybody had an issue like this? If so what did you do about it? Uncomfortable even to put on a nonpillow type mask.
09-17-2016 06:08 PM
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OpalRose Offline

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Machine: PR System One REMstar Auto 560 with A Flex
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 For Her
Humidifier: REMStar heated humidifier with heated hose
CPAP Pressure: Auto Cpap 10-13 AFLEX 1
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Started CPAP Therapy October 23, 2014

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Location: Northeast Ohio, USA

Post: #2
RE: Help with nasal pillow and nose pain
Hi Jane and Welcome to Apnea Board!

There are a couple things to try.

Do you use a nasal gel or lansinoh cream with the nasal pillows? These will help prevent sores.

Be sure your straps are not pulled too tight. This pulls the pillows into the nostrils and can pull nose upwards, like a piggy nose.

Try one size larger in nasal pillow than you are used to using. The pillow should never be inserted into the nostril very far, but just sit on the outside. Once the air is on it forms a seal.

Also, be sure your nasal pillows are cleaned every morning and change them when they start to look soft or won't hold a seal.

Using a different style mask may give your nose a chance to heal.

If all else fails, you may need to see an ENT.

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(This post was last modified: 09-17-2016 07:05 PM by OpalRose.)
09-17-2016 07:04 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

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Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: Help with nasal pillow and nose pain
Hi jane bradley,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Try some HPA Lanolin and put a "little" bit on a cotton swab and dab it into your nostril and see if that helps you.
Hopefully you'll be able to restart your CPAP therapy, good luck to you.

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09-17-2016 10:34 PM
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cate1898 Offline

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Machine: PR System One 560BT Auto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: P10's/backup-DreamWear
Humidifier: PR attached
CPAP Pressure: 8.5 - 13. A-Flex 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Began CPAP Therapy Sept. 11, 2015. Hx Hypertension, Post Graves Disease, chronic migraines.

Sex: Female
Location: Southern Ontario//SW Florida

Post: #4
RE: Help with nasal pillow and nose pain
Hi jane bradley, welcome to the forum!

It might help if you could fill out your user profile details like specifically which machine you use, the brand/model of nasal pillows etc. Have you always been using the same nasal pillows and suddenly they are causing problems? Has anything in your health changed recently?

Good luck and hope you solve this problem swiftly!

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09-18-2016 06:17 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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Sex: Male
Location: Where they make Respironics

Post: #5
RE: Help with nasal pillow and nose pain
If you didn't have a visible sore, the problem is not with gels, lotions or irritation, it's a nasal pillow that is too small. It needs to "float" along the outside of the nares, and distribute any pressure over a larger area.

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09-18-2016 01:20 PM
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