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Postby njload » Sat Feb 03, 2007 9:12 pm

Hello Folks, I have been using a CPAP machine for a few years now and was wondering if it is possible to add any additives to the humidifier water like menthol or something? I am dealing with some severe sinus stuffiness and almost every night have to use nose spray to open up the passages, just so I can breath with the mask on.

Any tips or tricks are appreciated.
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Postby RichCMH » Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:48 pm

My RT suggested some Vicks on my nose.
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Postby Bearded One » Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:53 pm

I use Flonase daily to prevent congestion.

Menthol does not increase air flow, it increases the sensation of air flow due to the cooling effect of menthol.

http://www.longwoodherbal.org/peppermin ... nt.cis.PDF

"Peppermint and menthol have a subjective nasal decongestant effect but no
objective decongestant effect on airflow."

"Inhalation of menthol can cause apnea and larygoconstriction in newborn
infants and susceptible individuals."

"Excessive inhalation of a mentholated preparation has caused reversible nausea, anorexia,
cardiac problems, ataxia, and other CNS problems, which are thought to be due to the
presence of volatile oils."
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Re: Water Additives

Postby Daniel » Sun Feb 04, 2007 3:57 pm

njload wrote:Hello Folks, I have been using a CPAP machine for a few years now and was wondering if it is possible to add any additives to the humidifier water like menthol or something? I am dealing with some severe sinus stuffiness and almost every night have to use nose spray to open up the passages, just so I can breath with the mask on.

Any tips or tricks are appreciated.


You should add nothing to the water in your humidifier. Manufacturers indicate that it can be harmful.

Most additives, such as homeopathic oils, vicks, and similar are designed to inhale via a burner or through an inhaler, usually diluted, particularly homeopathic oils........they are not designed to be inhaled throughout the night via a humidifier.

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