Thanks. From what I read, Sudafed or anything that contains pseudoephedrine is effective for most people.
08-29-2016, 08:19 AM
(This post was last modified: 08-29-2016, 08:25 AM by surferdude2.)
I use a non prescription drug called Nasacort, which is a corticosteroid that has been released from prescription only and approved for daily use. Two sprays up each nostril daily at 10 pm and I'm good to go for nasal breathing for a full day. My ENT said I could use it at the prescribed dosage for as long as I needed to without harm.
The is another factor that affects nasal breathing and it's caused by fluid displacement when you lie down. It's especially apparent if you sleep on your side since it can cause the lower nostril to close off completely but at the same time slightly enhance the capability of the upper nostril. It also affects you if you sleep supine but to a less noticeable degree. I combat that by using nasal expansion devices such as the external adhesive strip type or the plastic insert internal ones when I inadvertently run out of the adhesive ones.
And finally I have raised the head of my bed 4 1/2 inches, which gives further relief from increased fluid pressure to my upper body. This also helps to reduce my AHI event count, presumably by reducing tissue edema in the throat and tongue area.
Previous to discovering these methods, I was a life long mouth breather and had no problem with that. When sleep apnea came to visit me, it became a major issue, what with all the extra air volume being dumped onto my face.
Any one of these methods mentioned may be all you need or you may be like me and need all of them. It's definitely a battle so use whatever you need to make it work.
BTW, Do not use Afrin or any nasal spray with that active ingredient in it (Oxymetazoline hydrocloride) since it can have terrible rebound effects if used more then 3 days, as warned on the label. I read that warning and ignored it... what followed was not a pleasant ordeal. Just don't use it except for an extreme emergency!
Sudafed raises blood pressure which is a problem for some people.
Since it's used by meth cooks to make "speed," California requires pharmacies to keep it behind the counter; and they want to scan the mag strip on your driver's license.
Use it at your own risk; I wouldn't touch it.
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Hmm, maybe it is not congestion? I don't have a nasal mask, but on my FFM (F10) if it slips a little bit down onto the top of my nose from the bridge and I have it adjusted tight - I can't breath - it closes my nose - sort of the opposite of those strips that hold your nose open. I can't breath though my nose until I move it slightly (1/8 inch or less) up toward the bridge of my nose and then I can breath with no trouble.
I am not a Medical professional and I don't play one on the internet.
Started CPAP Therapy April 5, 2016
I'd Rather Be Sleeping
This winter has been bad for my nose . Most mornings I get up with my right nostril blocked, right side sleeper. I've tried using my humidifier which I think has helped a bit. When my ClimateLineAir heated tube arrives I'll play with the humidifier settings .
My doctor gave me a prescription for Atrovent to try. When I went to get it I found out it is now an over the counter spray. I'll give it a try for a few weeks and see how it goes.
Sometimes I'll use a spray with Oxymetazoline hydrocloride for a night or two. It seems to keep the nose open but I'm careful not to use it too often.