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Irritation around nostrils
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Irritation around nostrils
I used my nasal pillows last nightl by resmed. I am guessing I had them too tight cause I have some irritation  around my the outside of my nostrils. I Am going to use the nasal cushion tonight to help it heal. What would be the best way to promote healing and tamp down the redness. Thank you kindly..

Andy
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RE: Irritation around nostrils
I know when I get brand new pillows for my P10 I will get some soreness for a few days(not always), I do not what causes it because I have been using the same mask for 5 years and it is just a great mask for me it seems(not perfect but works very well). What I learned was just use some Lansinoh brand
( Lanolin HPA) usally in the infant area of a Pharmacy. It is thick paste and is used by mom's breast feeding and it works for myself and many others.
It gives a barrier between the new pillow silicon and skin under the nose to let it heal.
Hope it helps your discomfort!
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RE: Irritation around nostrils
(09-15-2020, 04:07 PM)andycc Wrote: I used my nasal pillows last night by resmed. I am guessing I had them too tight cause I have some irritation  around my the outside of my nostrils. I Am going to use the nasal cushion tonight to help it heal. What would be the best way to promote healing and tamp down the redness. Thank you kindly..

I have tried to use antibiotic ointment (comes in a tube, cheap, no prescription required). But I can't say that it really sped up the healing faster than my own antibodies. More to the point, I have found that smearing a tiny bit of petroleum jelly inside the nostril before putting on the mask helps prevent irritation. 

You didn't say which mask caused the irritation. I use an Airfit P10 (Resmed), and I prefer it, but it causes more irritation than others. When I get an irritation I use a Nuance for a couple nights until my nostrils clear up. The Nuance is also a pillow mask, but its pillows don't stick so deep into the nostril, so it causes less irritation. On the other hand, I have more leaks with the Nuance.
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It was the new p10, with the hose coming  out of the top of the head. Similar to the dreamwear  stuff. I know I was constantly toggling all night and couldn’t seem to get a good fit. Then woke up with it irritated . I’ll put some Desitin or another salve on it tonight and try the dreamwear cussion so it’s not so far up my nose. Thank you for your help.
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They sent me home with the “small” pillow and it rubbed my nose raw the first night. I changed to the “medium” the second night. Redness cleared up immediately. I went to the large and that is where I am today.  

Try a bigger pillow. Experiment and it might work.
CPAP is a journey like “The Wizard of Oz”. It’s a long slow journey. You will face many problems and pick up many friends along the way. Just because you reach the poppies, it doesn’t mean you are in Kansas. 
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Kip Thanks I will explore. And thank you. It scared me cause I can’t tolerate the full face mask so I need to use a nasal
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Hi, I had the same problem when I started out.  I always wash my face with CeraVe and use Aquaphor on my nostrils (not too much, just a little) and that really did the trick.

Hope you get some relief.

Dabve
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I alternate between the under the nose cushion and the nasal pillows if I have any issues. For the Dreamwear, they both fit the same frame!
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Lansinoh is the most natural thing you could use, and it would do the trick. A little goes a long way.
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RE: Irritation around nostrils
Andy, I have had the same problem and solved by using Chapstick under my nose before I put the mask on.
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