Gypseybelle wrote:Another Newbie here. I have had my equipment for about a week now. I am still trying to find the mask for me, I have been soaking up all the wonderful information that is offered in this forum, thanks so much! I woke up Sunday morning with a flair up of my allergies acting up and very stuffy. I called Franchesca (RT) at my DME provider and she suggested adding a product to my humidifier water made for a steam vaporizer to help with my stuffiness. Has anyone had any experience doing this? She said a lot of her patients do it just because they like the smell. Thanks in advance. TES
You are getting very dangerous advice (dangerous to your health).......particularly from an RT. I would have to question her knowledge and 'interests' in recommending such action. Long term damage to your lungs may be done through the use of additives in a closed breathing circuit (XPAP).
Additives (essential oils, aromatherapy products etc) are NOT approved for medical use. Some are FDA Approved for COSMETIC use......They are designed for use in a well ventilated room, not a closed breathing circuit.
I even notice that one of the online companies who were big promoters of additives, have now placed a warning on their site regarding their use in humidifiers.
The untreated Sleep Apnoea sufferer died quietly in his sleep..
Unlike his three passengers who died screaming !
The first 40 years of childhood are by far the hardest