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Nasty cold - can my CPAP help me breathe?
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Machine: ResMed Airsense 10 autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 for Her
Humidifier: no
CPAP Pressure: 8 (testing 7.8-10)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: New to AirSense 10 and AirFit P10, but 4 years on prev unit

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Location: Chicago outskirts (Aurora, IL)

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Nasty cold - can my CPAP help me breathe?
Ack!! I've been toughing it out with a cold for 5 days. But on Wednesday it got so bad it woke me up: I couldn't breathe even WITH my CPAP pushing through things.

I surrendered and got some Nyquil and Dayquil today. Ahhhh.... blessed relief after one dose. Only to read on the box: do not take with warfarin (Coumadin). Contacted my Coumadin team and they confirmed: do not take the stuff. So I'm left with Allegra and Nasonex, which hadn't helped before. And Afrin, which does help, but I hate the rebound it's going to cause.

Meanwhile: can I set my CPAP to auto (I'm on fixed pressure of 8) and see if it will power through this?? Right now it's so bad I'm mouth breathing around the nasal pillows, and defeating the CPAP, even though I'm propped up in bed.

Suggestions?
05-08-2015 05:07 PM
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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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RE: Nasty cold - can my CPAP help me breathe?
You're using nasal pillows. You will be amazed at how much better you breath. It sucks to have a cold, but my experience has been CPAP mitigates the effect.

Good luck! We're expecting mid 80s all weekend here and the pool is open at over 80 degrees. I'm lovin' it.

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05-08-2015 05:50 PM
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Machine: AirSenseâ„¢ 10 AutoSet For Her
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Nuance Pro Nasal Pillow Mask with Gel Nasal Pillow
Humidifier: HumidAirâ„¢ Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 7-15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Location: Hampton Roads, VA

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RE: Nasty cold - can my CPAP help me breathe?
(05-08-2015 05:07 PM)BadGoodDeb Wrote:  Suggestions?

You might try turning the humidity either higher or lower. I personally usually turn it higher, the extra moisture helps thin out the mucus and helps the cpap push through things.
05-08-2015 06:00 PM
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BadGoodDeb Offline

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Posts: 210
Joined: Apr 2015

Machine: ResMed Airsense 10 autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10 for Her
Humidifier: no
CPAP Pressure: 8 (testing 7.8-10)
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: New to AirSense 10 and AirFit P10, but 4 years on prev unit

Sex: Female
Location: Chicago outskirts (Aurora, IL)

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RE: Nasty cold - can my CPAP help me breathe?
Is it possible that the humidifier could have caused the cold? I didn't use a humidifier for 4 years; my old machine used to rain in my face, so I just learned to do without it. The AirSense 10 AutoSet has the heated hose and all that, so I figured I'd give humidity a try again. And three days after starting on humidity, I started this cold. I don't usually GET colds, either.

Now, it's a brand new hose and a brand new machine, and distilled water ..... so I don't think I'm sending any mold or anything into my system. But I'm freaked enough that I think I'll turn the humidifier off again for a while. Oh, and the cold was almost better on Wednesday (after 5 days), till I went to bed. An hour later, it was so bad I had to rip the mask off (well, nasal pillows) and use Afrin to nose breathe at all.

I'm inclined to go without humidity until the cold has gone away and stayed away ..... before I try it again. But I can't see why my system would react exactly the reverse of everybody else's.
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05-08-2015 06:24 PM
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Machine: ResMed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: H5i(distilled-top up)
CPAP Pressure: VAuto MinE14.0 MaxI 20.6 PS4.0
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RE: Nasty cold - can my CPAP help me breathe?
It is possible that doing without added humidity will dry things up enough to keep everything open. No, I do not think it very possible that the humidifier caused the cold.

See, if you had been using a FFM like I do, you might not have gotten the cold to begin with. Big Grin Big Grin Just kidding of course. I have used the FFM for well over a year and have had no colds at all. Gotta put in a plug for the "hated" Mirage Quattro when the opportunity arises.

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05-08-2015 08:16 PM
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