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Funny Smell in the Morning Night 3

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Funny Smell in the Morning Night 3

Postby potterygirl » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:23 pm


I've just started using my machine with great success except for this one problem. I put the mask on, everything is wonderful, sleep well, then in the morning as soon as I take off the mask, the first breath of "fresh air" smells awful and continue to stink all day, until I put the mask back on.

Has anyone else experienced this? It is as if the mask is hiding smells and then all is revealed when I take it off?
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Funny Smell in morning.....

Postby wbman1000 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:03 pm

I've had to deal with this exact issue for a LONG time --- I've been using my machine for a number of years --- and this just happens.

Understand that the machine has multiple filters in it, AND if you also add humidification to it --- that's another factor. Take off that essentially closed breathing system, and your nose is greeted by all sorts of unexpected odors.

You will find this happens when you put it ON after the first time you have to clean things .... ANYTHING that has ANY kind of scent will be focused directly to your nose.

Just don't quit using it because of this.....

The one thing that does catch my attention with your note is that it stays with you all day --- are you using the humidifier? Perhaps if this is the case, it may cause the extra moisture to hold in your nose longer than it should.

I stopped using mine because it made me congested in a major way. I've been fine ever since.
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nasal irrigation

Postby truckerdad57 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:20 pm

Another thing to consider might be nasal irrigation in the morning... check for other threads about nasal irrigation... basically you rinse your nose out with saline solution.

One thing that will really put some smell into your CPAP is letting the humidification chamber run out of water while the heater plate is still on. That "burning plastic" smell drives me nuts.

Everyone is different we all have to find out little things to help make using the CPAP work for us. It's part of the journey of dealing with sleep apnea.

Maybe for you some nasal irrigation in the morning when you get up might be the thing... who knows.
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Postby graciebelle » Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:22 am

If you leave your house during the day and the smell stays with you, then the odor must not be in your immediate home environment. Nasal irrigation seems like a good way to go.

I like to clean my nasal pillows with gently scented liquid soap, so that when I put them on at night I enjoy a light scent when starting my CPAP machine. When I take them off in the morning I notice the same smells in my house I always do, maybe a little more intense than otherwise because I didn't smell them at all during the night.

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smelly smell - thanks

Postby potterygirl » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:23 pm

Thank you all so much, I was beginning to believe it was just me!

Your explanations have helped a lot and I'm happy to report that I'm adjusting to the little idosyncrosies of cpaping!

The best part is sleeping through the night, no morning headaches, no all day yawning sessions, reduced anxiety, etc., My husband is also feeling the affects, so happy to not be kept awake by snoring and gasping for air!

Thanks again!
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