I have been using a machine for 5 or 6 years with no trouble but find that a new one seems to cause my left nostril to fill like I have a cold.
My pressure was set at 3.5 so I increased it to 4.0 That improves things but I still have a problem.
Any suggestions? Thanks.
This video contains interesting information about nasal congestion and CPAP mask:
I have caught myself a few cold - head and chest. Putting my nasal FX pillows aside, I reached for my ResMed Mirage Liberty mask figuring I would not be able to overcome the nasal congestion.
I decided to turn up the heat one notch and try my nasal pillows first - and within 30 minutes my nose was clear enough........slept well.
I'm telling you this just to let you know that I am a true believer in heated humidification - nightly and whether we have nasal congestion or not. Depending on how congested you are, you may find that turning up your heat setting will be enough to clear your nasal passages. Otherwise, I am also a believer in having a full face mask handy to use.
When we are sick - restful sleep is even more important - spending time in Delta sleep, the restorative sleep stage, allows our bodies time to heal and repair. Often when we are sick, we fall directly into Delta sleep!
So remember - if cold or flu strikes - its not the time to abandon cpap therapy! It's even more important! So use your humidifier and tweak the heat setting ( cover/insulate the tubing to reduce or eliminate excess condensation) and so you don't miss even one night of cpap therapy - use a full face mask on the nights that you cannot breathe well through your nose!
You can also use special strips to open your nostrils. Breathe Right nasal strips offer temporary relief from nasal congestion and stuffiness and may also lessen or eliminate snoring.. Depending on how enlarged the turbinate are, they may help a lot.
A more permanent answer is turbinate reduction surgery.
I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back.
Remy Thierry Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide
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