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Is Everyone Using a Humidifier?
06-19-2015, 03:35 PM
I hate breathing warm air and rarely turn on my humidifier even-though I do keep water in it. Here in the high desert we have a very dry climate and I've awoke quite parched if my tank has gone dry. The few times I have turned on my humidifier felt like I was breathing thick uncomfortable air, but I did notice a difference in the way my mouth and throat felt. I have a deviated septum and probably need a Terbinate Reduction and fortunately my docs have usually advised against it. I keep my room cold and have a fan blowing year round. The fan keeps things cool and provides a nice white noise a habit formed by years of working rotating shifts.
06-19-2015, 04:19 PM
The most I've not used a humidifier was during the assessment period during my original diagnosis five years ago. I was given an Rx for a BiPAP with heated humidifier.
Last year, I was given a CPAP without a humidifier. I tried it one night and immediately bought a humidifier for it.
06-19-2015, 11:10 PM
I can't imagine not using the humidifier in the winter when it's subzero and petting the cat produces a big static discharge if I don't have a pot boiling on the stove. I just leave my ResMed AirSense 10 climate control on AUTO and let it figure it out. On the boat, it's humid enough that I don't use it to preserve battery life. I just put water in the tank.
06-20-2015, 09:31 PM
Every night, I turn on warm-up, and rock the heated hose and humidifier on auto setting.
06-21-2015, 03:27 PM
(08-17-2014, 06:36 AM)JimZZZ Wrote: I wonder why I need a humidifier and all the associated fuss.
I try not to use the humidifier because the air is to hot and muggy for my liking. I do use it passively by putting water in it and allowing the air to pick up some of the water. It helps a little.
06-21-2015, 04:54 PM
I am still new to CPAP, only two weeks in. I am a mouth breather and have always had a problem with a dry mouth. The CPAP with low humidifier settings made it worse. When I increase the humidity setting enough to make my mouth is comfortable, I end up getting rained on before morning. I initially tried a longer hose. That appeared to work well for two nights. On the third evening, I experienced a gurgling sensation in the air flow when I turned the machine on. I thought I had filled the tank too high. I poured some of the water out, but still experienced gurgling. Upon further inspection, I found that water had condensed on a low hanging section of the 10' hose. I emptied the hose and then slept the night at a reduced humidity setting. The only way I can prevent rain out is at a setting of two or three out of eight. I am going to pick up a heated hose tomorrow. Hopefully that will take care of the rain problem and reduce my dry mouth issues.
06-21-2015, 07:11 PM
(06-21-2015, 04:54 PM)foss Wrote: I am still new to CPAP, only two weeks in. I am a mouth breather and have always had a problem with a dry mouth. The CPAP with low humidifier settings made it worse. When I increase the humidity setting enough to make my mouth is comfortable, I end up getting rained on before morning.
Get the heated hose, Jeff. It's an option available for your machine. It will solve your problem.
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