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Rolland if you can figure out how to get by with nose pillows, you will be better off. I also started with stuffy nose and mouth opening. I thought I would always have to use a full-face, but i'm happily on nasal pillows.

If you nose is stuffy, things get complicated. I now use a saline nasal rinse (discussed often on this forum) and my doctor gave me an RX for a nasal decongestant-nasonex. Do not use over the counter spray. It makes it worse.

Open mouth-I hated the chin straps, too cumbersome and didn't work well for me. I now use a pad between chin and chest that works great. I have improvised the pad. You can roll a couple of wash cloths to the proper diameter. I now am using one of those "cool-band" things that keesp your head cool. My wife removed the contents and filled it with uncooked rice. the ends can be tied around the neck to keep it in place.

OK, so if you can get your nose working and something to keep your mouth closed, you should be able to use a nice nasal pillow rig successfully.
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(02-16-2014, 12:41 PM)drgrimes Wrote: If you nose is stuffy, things get complicated. I now use a saline nasal rinse (discussed often on this forum) and my doctor gave me an RX for a nasal decongestant-nasonex. Do not use over the counter spray. It makes it worse.

Nasonex is a god send for OSA, at least for me. I used it before Cpap and it was effective over ALL the other prescription steroidal sprays. Now combined with Cpap it helps my AHI.

I used Nasonex when I first woke up. Now I do it right before I go to bed before putting on my mask. It reduces my AHI by 1.5 to 2 when I use it after looking at the Sleepyhead data. This took a lot of trial and error to see when taking it was most effective. Also my airways just "feel" more clear.

Like Dr.Grimes says,DON'T USE OTC NASAL SPRAYS. They give you rebound congestion and are addictive. They will make things worse.
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I’ve used OTC nasal sprays many years ago. Read the instructions, (yes that is new for a guy to do), which said not to use it more than 3 days. So I would sleep well for three nights, and then spend two nights suffering from congestion. Then start using it again. One time I wondered what would happen if I used it more than 3 days. So I tried it. Got away with it on day 4 and 5. Day 6 was miserable x10. Not only was my head congested when I laid down, it was congested while I was up all the next day and all the next night. Over the years I slowly stopped using it. Now I just use sudafed, maybe 2 times per week. One funny thing though. I liked working on some surrounding farms, usually working for 3-4 weeks a summer. My allergies killed me during that time. A couple of years ago I purchased a farm and now my allergies are maybe a 1/4th of what they were just 5 years ago. Don’t know if it is age that reduced my allergies or the fact that I am around the allergens 24/7. Either way it is manageable now. I would have been disappointed if I had to give up the farm. I love the lifestyle change.
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(02-22-2014, 08:48 AM)Rolland13 Wrote: One funny thing though. I liked working on some surrounding farms, usually working for 3-4 weeks a summer. My allergies killed me during that time. A couple of years ago I purchased a farm and now my allergies are maybe a 1/4th of what they were just 5 years ago. Don’t know if it is age that reduced my allergies or the fact that I am around the allergens 24/7. Either way it is manageable now. I would have been disappointed if I had to give up the farm. I love the lifestyle change.

Clearly your body isn't all that happy about you working for other guys. Good luck with your farm! When I was a kid growing up in Oklahoma my allergies just about did me in every season. At some point I decided that if the Sudafed and such weren't going to do any better job than they had been doing, I'd just quit taking them. Next year no allergies. No significant problems for years after that, until now. Now that I'm an old guy, I'm having some problems....... Blasted cats..........
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