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sinus issues and sinus pain... use cpap when sick?

Postby 2girlsmom » Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:38 pm

i have been working on this sinus infection for a week and a half. last night with cpap was H-E-double hockeysticks. :evil:

Is it safe to sleep with it when you have a sinue infection/pressure going on? I was seen today and my lungs are fine, just this congestion and painful sinuses. They said it was ok to sleep with cpap (went to ER, got tired of waiting on pcp to call back and I felt really, really bad).

Insight appreciated... i feel awful! :cry:
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Postby Guest » Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:54 pm

sinus irrigation should help, see the sticky sinus irrigation post
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Postby 2girlsmom » Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:25 pm

I got a Neti Pot when we went to pick up the Rx... felt good for a bit after doing it but now I am a bit stuffy again... :cry: Hopefully the mucinex will help. Gosh I hope tonight is a better night. :-?
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Postby DAS » Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:09 am

2girlsmom, You might want to try using a nasal spray for the short time, like Afrin moisturizing 12 hour. It will keep your sinuses clear and allow you to sleep, the rest is what helps you get over the cold in the first place. :=D
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Re: sinus issues and sinus pain... use cpap when sick?

Postby Guest MJ » Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:34 pm

2girlsmom wrote:i have been working on this sinus infection for a week and a half. last night with cpap was H-E-double hockeysticks. :evil:

Is it safe to sleep with it when you have a sinue infection/pressure going on? I was seen today and my lungs are fine, just this congestion and painful sinuses. They said it was ok to sleep with cpap (went to ER, got tired of waiting on pcp to call back and I felt really, really bad).

Insight appreciated... i feel awful! :cry:


Hi 2girlsmom,

Do you often get sinus infections? Do you have cold/flu going on?

One of the tips for helping with congestion is to try to increase the humidity setting. The humidity settings are a personal preference. Have you been using the humidifier?

Following info is from ASAA main site:"Nasal congestion, irritation or runny nose that seems to be caused by using CPAP. Your nose is your airway's humidifier. It warms and humidifies the air that you breathe. If the CPAP begins to dry your nose, your body will increase the production of mucus in the nose to add more moisture to the inhaled air. Unfortunately, this may cause nasal congestion and a runny nose. In some cases the dryness will cause irritation, burning and sneezing. These symptoms can be alleviated by the use of a humidifier with your CPAP. Some sleep specialists order a passover (cold water) humidifier with the initial CPAP order. If you do not have one of these speak with your sleep specialist. If you already have a humidifier and still experience these symptoms you may need a heated humidifier. This is a water pan that sits on a heating unit and is attached to CPAP just like the passover humidifier. Heating the air and the water will allow the air to carry more moisture as it travels to your nose (just like the summer air is more humid than winter air). In almost all cases this resolves nasal congestion and irritation if it is caused by CPAP."


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