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Using mask during asthma flare
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Using mask during asthma flare
I am having a flare up of my asthma, and the mask makes me feel like I"m absolutely unable to breathe.  I'm stuffy in the nose, too, as it's an allergy-driven thing.  Is this common?
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RE: Using mask during asthma flare
They normally use bipap on asthma, try and set your machine up with as much pressure relief/flex as you can get. as you know the problem is breathing out. you could also increase the pressure to see if that helps, I would use any changes for an hour or so while awake, to make sure it's right before using it for sleep.
I would aim for 4cm as your max relief and the cpap setting on your current 7 or try 8 or 9 with max flex, you could use sleepyhead to check on the pressures and tidal volumes,

I would ask your Dr if it's worth changing over to bipap/bilevel for these events.
mask fit http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ask_Primer
For auto-cpap from machine data, or software. Set the min pressure at 'med' median pressure or 90% OR 2cm below 95% pressure. max pressure at 20cm for now. Forum will help you fine tune settings
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RE: Using mask during asthma flare
I have at times restricted breathing. When not using cpap I close my lips to exhale. The increase in pressure opens the airway a little. Cpap does this also. A slight increase in your settings while having problems may be helpful.

Just like driving a car speed changes on driving conditions.

Sleep-well

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