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Dry nose

Postby Annette » Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:27 pm

I've been on my sleep apnea machine for about four months. I'm grateful to be getting restful sleep but have a problem with the inside of my nose becoming very dry and uncomfortable, almost painful. I have a humidifier but find when I use the heater, the air is too moist. So I run it with water in the receptacle but without the heat. This works to a certain extent, but sometimes after four or five hours, especially in the coldest part of the night, my nose will get very uncomfortable and sometimes I end up removing the mask and cutting my treatment short. Does anyone have any solutions for this? Thanks!
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Re: Dry nose

Postby Mike » Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:32 pm

Annette wrote:I've been on my sleep apnea machine for about four months. I'm grateful to be getting restful sleep but have a problem with the inside of my nose becoming very dry and uncomfortable, almost painful. I have a humidifier but find when I use the heater, the air is too moist. So I run it with water in the receptacle but without the heat. This works to a certain extent, but sometimes after four or five hours, especially in the coldest part of the night, my nose will get very uncomfortable and sometimes I end up removing the mask and cutting my treatment short. Does anyone have any solutions for this? Thanks!


Welcome Annette!

Not sure what machine you have, but most are adjustable for the amount of heat. By controlling the heat, you will control the moisture. What kind of machine is it?

Something that also might help is a saline nasal gel. (ask your pharmacist, it is available over the counter)
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Postby rested gal » Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:36 am

I have a humidifier but find when I use the heater, the air is too moist.


Hi Annette,

If by "too moist" you mean that you get water dripping on your nose, that's condensation (cpap'ers often call it "rainout") from the warm humidified air hitting the cold plastic of that six foot air hose.

Quite a few people, including me, have had wonderful success controlling rainout by using the Aussie heated hose instead of a standard air hose. No hose cover can do as good a job at keeping the hose warm. The heated hose will help the air from your heated humidifier stay warm and hold its moisture all the way through the long 6 foot trek to your nose. Lets your snout actually get the benefits of warmed humidified air instead of a spray of cold water by the time it gets there. :-)

If you do a Google search for "heated cpap tube" (use those exact words without the quotes), you can find the Australian online store site that carries the heated hose. Very nice people to deal with. The first price you will see is in Australian dollars, but look for their price in U.S. dollars.
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Dry nose

Postby Annette » Tue Jun 28, 2005 4:54 pm

Thanks for the advice. I'll check on the heated tube. Also, Mike, I've tried saline gel without much success. I have a Remstar Plus machine with the humidifier. If there is a control for the heat level, I can't find it.
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Re: Dry nose

Postby Mike » Tue Jun 28, 2005 4:59 pm

Annette wrote:Thanks for the advice. I'll check on the heated tube. Also, Mike, I've tried saline gel without much success. I have a Remstar Plus machine with the humidifier. If there is a control for the heat level, I can't find it.


Press and hold the heat button for a couple of seconds. You should see a number between 1 and 5. (5 is highest humidity, 1 is lowest) This is meant to be changed by the end user.

I use a heated hose, and it is by far the best solution for eliminating rainout.

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dry nose/ irritatation

Postby hoosierkitkat » Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:22 pm

Hi, I feel lucky to have a medical equipment company who sent my prescribed cpap machine to me via their own respitory theripist!

She had a couple of suggestions. One thing was the saline nasal spray and the other was to apply aloe vera gel to my nasal area=this can help with irritation from the nasal pillows. I apply it to the outside and just inside the edge of my nose, just a little bit. It seems to keep irritation at bay. I had a bottle of aloe vera gel--Solarcaine, with lidocaine and she said it's perfectly fine to use that in that area, but not to put it up into the nose. I have awoken and pulled my mask away from the area and put a little on there and replaced the mask and gone back to sleep fine.

She also says the same thing as the other folks in this forum, control it with your humidifier. Maybe begin by putting it on one and then the next night if one is not doing it, go for setting number two.

This may not actually address all your problems, but i hope it helps some. I am new to this too!! Very appreciative of any and all info.

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try this

Postby mynosehurts2 » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:52 pm

breathe out your nose and in through your mouth for about 2 hours. Moisture comes back. Mainly happens when the air outside is dry. Especially in winter or times like this in the drought. Summer should be alot better though.
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Postby doglover123 » Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:10 pm

I put a little bit of vasaline on the pillows and around my nose. helps get a tight seal too!
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