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Sinus full
Each morning I wake up with a head full of snot.  I have tried changing Humity setting no help.  It get's so bad my head feels like a water ballon.  Plus I end up with my water behind my ear drum.  Can anyone help?

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#2
RE: Sinus full
Try changing humidity both ways, both up and down.
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Hi plugman2,
Welcome to Apnea Board!

A "head full of snot" sounds like a sinus problem, and not sure how water gets behind the ear drum from Cpap use.  

Are you experiencing rain out?  A heated hose with a cover will help.  Also, be sure your Cpap is a little lower than your bed.

If you have lowered your humidity and have not received relief, and with the symptoms you describe, it might be time to see an ENT.
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Hi plugman2 - Welcome

Do you have allergies or allergic to dog dander?  If so, your CPAP air intake may be located in a prime area to collect these spores.  I position my intake to be off the edge of the table I use so there is no immediate surface near it for anything to collect on.  

Some CPAP users have reported that a saline sinus rinse provides relief.  You also might consider trying something like Flonase, Fexofenadine (Allegra), Loratadine (Claritin), or Cetirizine (Zyrtec).  Keep in mind that one or some of these OTC's may not work for you.  

Good luck.
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Thanks for the input,  I don't have pets and I change the filter weekly.
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If you have tried changing the setting to a higher setting or much lower and nothing changes it may be time to see an ENT (ear, nose, throat specialist doctor.)
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I SEE THE ENT FRIDAY.
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Try to exhale and hold your breath when you have to swallow during cpap use. If you don't hold your breath, it's like clearing your ear to relief a change in pressure when you go diving or in a plane. The cpap will blow air through the eustachian tube and if there is any water, it could go 'behind' the ear drum or make your ear feel blocked.

At least that works for me and has also stopped ear pain / vertigo for some members here.
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(08-28-2017, 12:02 PM)plugman2 Wrote: Thanks for the input,  I don't have pets and I change the filter weekly.

It is a common misconception that the ability of filters to prevent the passage of particulates decreases if they are not changed frequently. The opposite is true. As filters become loaded they actually remove more particulates. The reason filters need to be changed is that air flow is reduced as they become loaded, which can result in overheating of the machine. There is no benefit to changing the filter more frequently than recommended by the machine manufacturer.So you can save a few $$$ without any risk to yourself.
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Try this 2x/day Commercial Link Removed, search Amazon for Neilmed Sinus Rinse







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