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Having major problem with CPAP and mucus.

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Having major problem with CPAP and mucus.

Postby maf79 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:39 pm

This is my second time posting about this, but I'm having major issues with waking up with a lot of mucus in my system. No matter how hard I try I can't get expel it from my system throughout the day. It's nearly 7 p.m. and I'm still coughing nonstop (I'm not sick). I can only assume it is the CPAP because I haven't had this issue until I was on a CPAP. I don't want to take a decongestant everyday as it seems like that's a lot of medicine.

If other people experience this, what do you do?
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Postby No REM » Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:35 am

I've been trying to figure that out as well. the coughing is really draining my energy. i did searches online and there seems to be no solution or straight answers. i am going to try to talk to my dr. monday will keep you posted. hang in there.
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nasal irrigation?

Postby truckerdad57 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:17 pm

Have you tried.. or do you use nasal irrigation?
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Postby maf79 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:22 pm

I have not tried nasal irrigation, but it doesn't seem to be nasal...more in my throat. Will nasal still work?
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Postby maf79 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:01 pm

I bought Sinus Rinse -- haven't used it yet. Probably should wait to post this until after, but thought I'd share...

It specifically says in the instructions: Great to use after sinus surgery & for CPAP patients.
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Postby jrinker » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:15 pm

My two cents - I haven't started cpap yet, but when I found out that it was going to be necessary, I worried about congestion, so began rinsing my sinuese every night. It has made a tremendous difference in the amount of "stuffiness" in my nose. It will probably take a week or two before you notice an appreciable difference, but I think you'll be happy with the result.

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Postby maf79 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:23 pm

I did it last night and this morning and I'm noticing a difference already. I think it will take more rinsing to REALLY notice a huge difference but there's definitely a small difference.
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Postby toedebusch » Sat Sep 26, 2009 5:54 pm

I have been using my C-Pap for about a year now. When I first got it, every time I used it, I would get an awful sinus infection, then have to stop my C-pap and go on 10 days of antibiotics. I found I simply could not use my C-pap, at all, without the following. This has stopped my mucous / sinus infections completely!! Try:

You have to have a hot water reservoir that has a heater in it.
Even though the directions says not to use hot water, use hot water.
Add about 1 tsp. of Vicks Vap-o-steam in water, just before you use C-Pap.

You have to do this every time - you canot reuse any vaposteam, either.
Make sure your water chamber has a dial for steam intensity - mine has to be at level 3 to work well.

Also, you have clean your machine, hoses, etc at least every 4 days. I have tried every technique on the book, but what works for me really well is:

You will need a plastic dish pan that is deep enough to hold all of your equipment. Rinse all equipment first by just running hot water through it: mask & all pieces, hoses, water reservoir, etc. Then, put all in plastic pan. Pour in about 1/4 cup of liquid Pine Sol, and fill pan with hot water. Let soak for about 15 minutes. Rinse out all pieces completely with water. Then, to dry:

Buy a $10 steel, metal fan from Walmarts. Trust me on this, it works! Set up the fan on medium high. Lay all pieces on a heavy towel in front of fan. Take a gallon water or milk container - run both ends of the hose thru the handle to hold, so the air will go down the hose. Let everything dry - it will only take an hour or so. You're done!
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Re: nasal irrigation?

Postby toedebusch » Sat Sep 26, 2009 5:56 pm

truckerdad57 wrote:Have you tried.. or do you use nasal irrigation?

Nasal irrigation does not work at all, especially with a C-Pap.
Use a hot water resevoir and use Vicks Vapo-steam in it every time you use it.
Check my other remedies posted for this and cleaning. They work great!
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Postby maf79 » Sun Oct 04, 2009 1:46 pm

I just noticed there is a sticky about Sinus Irrigation. Thought I'd share in case anyone missed it (I did). I've had decent success with this. Also, my doctor didn't really have much of a suggestion but to mess with the humidity. She said some people may need it lower, some may need it higher. I had it on 1.5 because I was getting sweaty around my mask. I bumped it up to 2.5 and the mucus wasn't as bad.

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Postby spanz » Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:17 pm

In your throat or in your chest, sounds more like asthma or something like that. Mucinex sometimes works. I would see a doctor on this one.
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Postby Vicki » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:01 pm

Actually, there is plenty of peer reviewed medical research which shows that sinus irrigation is highly effective. The anecdotal evidence in the 17 page sticky post at the top of this forum should be convincing if peer reviewed medical studies aren't enough.

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Postby desertyeti » Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:55 am

Cool, just saw an old bottle of Vapo-steam in the pantry and was wondering if it was safe to use in the humidifier. I'll have to try it, both nights I've used my new machine so far I wake up repeatedly with a bad stuffy nose.

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Postby mreewh » Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:34 am

Don't put VapoSteam in your CPAP humidifier. See the VapoSteam warnings at http://www.vicks.com/products/vaposteam. Not to mention the User Guide for your machine.
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