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Using CPAP with an ear infection
Friday I was diagnosed with an ear infection. That afternoon I came down with a bad case of chills, and ended up spending 14 hours in bed (without using CPAP). Last night I tried using it but within minutes, I was experiencing sharp pain in infected ear so I chucked the mask. Has anyone experienced this?
09-04-2016 10:31 AM
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RE: Using CPAP with an ear infection
I hope you are getting treatment for the ear infection!!!

I have continued CPAP with ear infection, but it's tricky to make it comfy. These are how I coped
  • Blackseed Oil dropped in the ear canal (Olive Oil if you cant find the blackseed, but blackseed is an amazing anti-inflammatory)
  • Xlear (xylitol/saline) nasal spray, spray into nose straight back while leaning forward to clear eustacian tubes
  • antihistamine
  • See doc for antibiotic

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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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09-04-2016 01:21 PM
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RE: Using CPAP with an ear infection
Daria, is your house a pharmacy?? SHa_biggrin5 Big Grin
09-04-2016 02:37 PM
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RE: Using CPAP with an ear infection
Hi dclaryjr,
I hope you get over your ear infection really soon.

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09-04-2016 07:55 PM
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RE: Using CPAP with an ear infection
Yep, been there, but I have a variety of masks and picked one (Circadian) that worked for me. Sadly, I lost 30% of my hearing in that ear this spring, so defiantly see an ENT if the first dose of antibiotics don't work.
09-04-2016 08:01 PM
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RE: Using CPAP with an ear infection
(09-04-2016 02:37 PM)PaytonA Wrote:  Daria, is your house a pharmacy?? SHa_biggrin5 Big Grin

From what she's posted she must have a pantry full of pharmaceuticals and home remedies. Bigwink

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09-04-2016 08:15 PM
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dclaryjr Offline

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RE: Using CPAP with an ear infection
Thanks for the responses. Yes, my doctor prescribed some drops that that are a combination antibiotic with a steroid for the swelling. There's not too much pain at this point, but it's itchy as hell. I'll give it one more night and try again after using a nasal irrigator and the DV drug suggestions.
09-04-2016 11:31 PM
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RE: Using CPAP with an ear infection
Flonase is good for clearing the eustachian tubes as well. Daria's advice to lean forward at the waist and spray is spot on; really makes a difference. You can get it over the counter now.

Antihistamines are a stimulant, so remember that at bedtime. And don't combine them with cough syrup without reading the labels carefully; you could get a double dose of antihistamine that way.

And eat your vegetables!

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09-06-2016 12:02 AM
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RE: Using CPAP with an ear infection
Do you swim?
09-06-2016 04:41 AM
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