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Nose, mouth and throat very dry
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I'm using Respironics M Series already for about 4 years and I started using the humidifier for about one month. However, even with the humidifier at level 5, still the problem of dryness. What else should I do?
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#2
Did you jump straight to the 5? High humidity can actually leave one feeling the same as low humidity, in terms of CPAP use. Try backing off some. You use a full face mask, right?

Another idea is something else is going on besides the CPAP. Have you started a new medication or changed a medication? Have you discussed this with your doctor? Insist the doc look at things other than the CPAP. What else would cause the dryness? What other changes are going on around you?
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Thank you PaulaO2 for your prompt reply.
I started with level 2 and the mask I use is a Respironics Confort Gel, nose only, not full face, though I have a Full face mask too.
With regard to medication , nothing has changed . I take the same drugs for years. Remedies for high blood pressure and diabetes. Also with respect to the environment , nothing changed. Live for years in the same city ( Rio de Janeiro , Brazil ) , in the same house , sleep in the same room under even the same conditions of humidity and temperature , for example.
Thanks.
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#4
Hi armando.ntg,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
You might try turning your humidity back to 4 and see if that will help.
Hang in there for more suggestions and much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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#5
Ah, sorry, your mask line says "comfort full" so I assumed.

Then you are opening your mouth at night now. Try a chin strap. You can make a homemade one out of an ACE bandage to see if it helps. You need it tight enough to keep your mouth closed when you are relaxed but loose enough that it takes effort to chew. Give that a try for a few nights.
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Thanks, trish6hundred. I will try tonight.
Thanks, PaolaO2. I bought on ebay and I will try as soon as delivered.
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(07-15-2015, 11:10 AM)armando.ntg Wrote: I'm using Respironics M Series already for about 4 years and I started using the humidifier for about one month. However, even with the humidifier at level 5, still the problem of dryness. What else should I do?

Hi Armando,

You also might want to experiment with passive humidity to see if that helps which would entail turning off your humidifier and using cold water. Google oral balance for dry mouth and Ayr saline nasal gel for a dry nose. Many members on the other forum had great luck with these product.

Best of luck in getting your problems resolved.

49er



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I am using Biotene mouthwash in addition to humidity for dry mouth. As Paula mentioned, mouth leakage can be the major cause even with a full face mask. Try the chin strap first. If that does not work, I would try adding the use of something like Biotene mouth wash to the use of the chin strap. Sometimes it can take a little help from several things to affect a solution.

Best Regards,

PayotnA
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