Bloody Nose

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Bloody Nose

Postby kgoose » Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:15 pm

I've been papping for two weeks now and am realizing I have to take this night by night. I was very successful from the beginning, but every night it seems something new happens. I'm waking up when I roll over and can't fall back asleep, or I'm very congested all day - which I've been attributing to a cold, but now I'm wondering if it's the CPAP. Anyway, my latest is this nose bleeding. Yesterday and this morning, when blowing my nose from morning congestion I've had some blood. Not like a real bloody nose, just traces really. Is this membrane irritation from the air pressure or should I be concerned?
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Do you use a humidifier?

Postby happypapper » Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:13 pm

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Postby kgoose » Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:37 pm

Yes, my machine comes with a humidifier but come to think of it, I haven't checked it in some time. I'll do that tonight to be sure there's plenty of water. That might be the problem. Thanks so much. Evidently this isn't a biggie for others since your's is my only response, but it might do just the trick. Appreciate it.
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Postby happypapper » Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:41 pm

I'm not a doctor, though; just a layperson. If you make sure the humidifier is working properly, and you are still having problems, I would check with your doctor to make sure there is nothing else causing nosebleeds.

PS: I was told by the tech who set me up with my machine that most ear, nose, and throat specialists recommend the use of a humidifier with CPAP. I empty my humidifier each morning and refill it each night with distilled water.
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Re: Bloody Nose

Postby JeanInMontana » Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:45 pm

kgoose wrote:I've been papping for two weeks now and am realizing I have to take this night by night. I was very successful from the beginning, but every night it seems something new happens. I'm waking up when I roll over and can't fall back asleep, or I'm very congested all day - which I've been attributing to a cold, but now I'm wondering if it's the CPAP. Anyway, my latest is this nose bleeding. Yesterday and this morning, when blowing my nose from morning congestion I've had some blood. Not like a real bloody nose, just traces really. Is this membrane irritation from the air pressure or should I be concerned?


Hi,
I think we are very close in time on CPAP and at about 2 weeks I had traces of blood also. I'm not congested because I take a loratadine (generic for Claratin) every day for allergies, I did turn up my humidifier and no more blood. I'm no Dr. though so you might want to check it out further.
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Postby Dizzy Lizzy » Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:42 pm

Ouch! It has happened to me too. I ran mine out after a few days and was mentioning it to a friend and fellow papper. She freaked out when I said "after a few days" my tank ran dry. Seems she got a nasty infection from leaving water in hers for a long period of time. You should really clean it after each use. I rinse it in HOT water when in refill before bed and clean it with a washcloth, nothing major then every month it goes into the diswasher. I was never told to use distilled water in mine or anything and have used campground and well water and never had a problem. I just wanted to warn you if you already have sinus issues you may not want to tempt fate with stale/stagnant water.
In the winter I use some stuff called RoEzIt. It is a gel that goes in your nose and has Emu Oil in it, It helps tremendously since it is so dry in Iowa in winter.
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Postby hhopper » Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:07 pm

Yes, my machine comes with a humidifier but come to think of it, I haven't checked it in some time.


That's probably the problem. You have to add water to the tank every night. You ran out of water a long time ago.
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Postby kgoose » Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:20 pm

Thanks for your responses, but I didn't run out of water a long time ago because I'm very faithful about filling the tank. If I fill mine up to the high water line, it lasts at least two nights or more. I just didn't check it last night, so it may be empty now. Even tho I've had the bloody nose, I haven't had any dryness in the nose or mouth, so it never occurred to me that humidity could be the problem. I was told to use distilled water only in my machine and I have a cover that I put on the opening when I take of my mask and hose for cleaning, so nothing gets into the water tank. I appreciate your reminding me about the dangers of stagnant water tho.

Jean, you're right, I think we started on this forum the same day and we're about at the same place with the cpap. It's been fun comparing my experiences to yours!
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Postby Frances » Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:35 pm

Whenever the air is dry, my nose bleeds a little. For instance, quite a few years ago, we stayed in our trailer in the Fishing Bridge Campground in Yellowstone Nat. Park which is pretty high, over 5000 feet I think, probably more, and I was getting minor nose bleeding, not to mention very dry skin on my hands. It happens at home when the winter weather gets very cold - not a problem this year! So I wouldn't be surprised to find it happening after using a CPAP machine, since the blowing air is bound to dry things out.
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