Last week out of the blue I had a weird pain in my nose. High up on the left side the pain felt like it was in the bones of my nose, quite sore to the touch and have had headaches (which is very rare for me) I went to see the doctor and was put on antibiotics for a sinus infection.
I am very concerned that this was caused by my cpap therapy. I have been vigilant about washing the nosepiece of my mask every morning, rinsing the humidifier tank well daily and washing weekly, my mask weekly, not as good about cleaning the heated humidifier tubing. I've cleaned the tubing 4 or 5 times in the last 3 months using a dilute Stars San solution and rinsing well afterwards.
So I've been on antibiotics for about a week, I should say that during this whole experience I have not been stuffed up during the day, just headaches off and on during the day. I have much less sinus pain, didn't use my cpap for most of the last week. I have tried to use it the last couple of nights but I only last about 30 minutes and have to stop, my nose and throat feel weird, seem to swell and I have problems breathing. The last couple of nights, on my dr's recommendation I've tried using Afrin a couple of hours before bedtime with no improvement.
I had my DME send me a new mask, tubing and nosepiece, as well as a tube cleaning brush. I'm looking for answers here, has anyone else dealt with this? How long before you were able to use cpap? I have to say I'm kind of afraid about starting up again but I am trying. I've never had a sinus infection before.