I have been on BIPAP since June. I use high pressures 18 I and 11 E but that has never been a problem for me.
I have and use an attached humidifier.
Early January i got a cold and it seemed to linger and linger.
Other cold symptoms went away except for runny nose and lots of sneezing. I never had sinusitis but it seems I developed it. Headaches. If I pressed on my forehead or cheeks I could feel it in my nose. If I breathed through my nose it stung.
This hindered my use of my unit.
I don't believe in trying to get antibiotics for colds because they are viral but this went on too long. I got a week of antibiotics and took time off of using my BIPAP until the symptoms started going away. I then put my BIPAP on and the next day the sneezes and running nose was out of control again.
I got another week of antibiotics and the symptoms went away, so I tried BIPAP again last night. This morning I am sneezing and my nose is running again!!!!
I am not sure if the exposure to the pressure and the pressure from wearing the mask itself is somehow opening up a pocket of infection?
Does anybody have experience and advice about sinuses and CPAP/BIPAP?
I am wondering if a full face mask would help (I wear the Whisp nasal mask)
I have a feeling my next stop is an EyE, ear, nose, throat specialist.
I am so frustrated.
Thanks in advance for any advice offered.
Have a great weekend, Anthony