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Can't breathe through my nose because of congestion

Postby trouper » Tue Jun 21, 2005 1:03 pm

I have a ProfileLite nasal mask and a REMmstar plus with c-flex CPAP system. The system includes a REMstar heated humidifier.

I first tried the nasal pillows, but couldn't keep the blasted things in place at night. I was recently fitted with the nasal mask.

I am a smoker and have some nasal congestion and mild bronchitis. PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME TO STOP SMOKING. I HAVE TRIED 14 times in my 68 years and have failed every time.

My problem is that I cannot seem to get enough air in my lungs when using the machine. I struggle to breathe through my nose and feel like a fish out of water. I wind up gasping for breath and taking a breath through my mouth to releive the sensation.

HELP!!! I need some advice. My SaO2 fell to 64 during my sleep study. I need to find a way to use this stuff without feeling like I am suffocating. I am not claustrophobic.

Postby Mike » Tue Jun 21, 2005 1:54 pm


If you are having that much trouble, you should talk to your doctor. There are prescriptions that can help. If that doesn't work, there is a mouth only mask that is available. I have allergies and my doc prescribed a nasal spray and I don't have problems anymore.

Let us know how you do.

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Postby Linda » Tue Jun 21, 2005 2:06 pm


That's interesting. Do you think it's largely because of congestion, that you can't seem to get enough air?
And are you strictly a nose breather? (I'm guessing you are, since you were fitted for those). I know some use nose spray, forget the name, I know someone will mention it here. If you found yourself breathing through your mouth some, I would say try a full face mask. What's your prescribed pressure? Did you oxygen levels improve after starting cpap? Did they test you for that after using your machine for awhile?

Look, I know kicking smoking is hard, and I would never tell you to stop. Both my parents smoked (me and my brother never did), but I saw how hard it is. They say smoking is probably one of the strongest addictions there is. People don't always realize that, they think it should be easy. It's not. So I understand.

Keep in touch, and maybe we can suggest some things to help.

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Postby rested gal » Tue Jun 21, 2005 4:58 pm

Hi Trouper,

I struggle to breathe through my nose and feel like a fish out of water. I wind up gasping for breath and taking a breath through my mouth to releive the sensation.

Like Linda, I'd suggest trying a "full face" mask. Despite the name, it won't cover your entire face. Just covers your nose and mouth, allowing you to get treatment breathing through your mouth. The ResMed Ultra Mirage FF (full face) is what I like, for nights when I have a cold and am too congested to breathe through my nose.
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Nasal Sprays

Postby chamisa » Sun Jul 24, 2005 7:53 pm

My dr. prescribed Nasonex which I use before going to bed. It not only seems to open up my nasal passages but it also seems to help break up thick mucous which I often had trouble getting rid of in the morning. I can sure tell when I forget to use it! It's not cheap, but when its a matter of sleeping or not sleeping, I opt for sleeping.

the side effects of not breathing through the nose....

Postby jayjay111 » Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:18 am

hi, i need to ask a question about the side effects of not breathing through the nose.. its not that i dont breath through my nose on purpose, i have blockage due to my nose being broken. i cant tell if the problems i have is caused by this because i was really young when it broke, if someone can tell me what it causes i would be really glad.. and thnx everyone;)

Postby BarryKaraoke » Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:46 am

Full Face Mask. I have one just in case of cold or flu.

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Postby RGdick » Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:06 pm

For the last two years, I had problems that caused the full closure of my nose (sinuses). I couldn’t breathe in or out and stayed awake hours each night because I had to breathe through my mouth. In addition, I couldn't even blow my nose as nothing would come out. Then, last year and this year, my doctor gave me a cortisone shot in the butt and within 2-days it started to subside, and within 5-days I was back to normal. I see that everybody fights this for months or years, so suggest this to you doctor. It works perfectly!
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Postby sephiro499 » Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:23 pm

I was having a similar problem and received a full face mask. After going to the allergist and basically allergy proofing my apartment I can breathe through my nose my better. You may want to visit an allergist and have the testing done. For example I'm allergic to dust mites and those things are all over the place in your carpets, furniture, bedding, etc.
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Postby Grateful! » Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:20 pm

I have not smoked for 25 years but my nose gets clogged up due to my sinus rhinitis (sp?). Two minutes after I use the rinse my nose gets clogged up again. My cousin suggested breath right strips and they are helping alot. I am going to order a full face mask as soon as my insurance will pay.
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