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Okay from my glorious worship worthy ENT. I have had severe sinus surgery and a tonsilectomy and adenoidectomy since becoming one with my CPAP.
The mucus situation is quite common.. go figure. The nasal membranes dry out and get irritated by the increased are flow resulting in the defensive production of snot.. which drains and is pushed all night long down the back of your throat and into the tummy. Some severe cases wake nauseous after a night of this.. My ENT ask me how I was doing on my CPAP and then laughed and told me his cure all.. since October of last year it has worked wonders for me.
Pretz PH balances nasal Saline. This is OTC, but sometimes you have to order it.. it is not often locally stocked. Ponaris Nasal Emolleant (Oil). This is also OTC, but sometimes you have to order it.. it is not often locally stocked. How do you use these things? Well before bed and after a shower, if you are a night bather, use Pretz two squirts each nostril. Then wait a bit for the dripping to subside. Apply a quarter to 1/2 a dropper of the Ponaris in each nostril.. suck it up. In the morning if needed rinse with Pretz first and then apply Ponaris. Oftimes a Pretz rinse is all I need to calm things down. The mucus effect is worse in cold weather months.
As to masks.. ::sigh:: mouth breather here.. Oh so tried to use the gel nasal mask with every medieval chin restraining device out there.. no luck.
I have three full masks I have tried.. because I punted the nasal pillow right off.. talk about nasal irritation. Respironics Comfort Full Face II
- way to wide.. blubber all night long and racoon mask all day long.. not a good fit for me at all. SleepNet Mojo Gel Cushion Full Face.
- You will either love it or hate it.. you can mold the mask to your face and completely shape it. It works well for petite face structures.. i.e. women. This is one of two I keep in circulation. My one peeve is that there is a ridge that will rub on you on the gel pad if you do not get it right. ResMed Ultra Mirage Full Face CPAP Mask...
- This is my second mask in rotation.. I have to keep it pulled pretty tight or it leaks.. but the shape of the mask is better for me. Peeve.. the shallow cushion is a bugger to dry and stretches out quickly.
For rubbing irritation the sleep specialist recommended using lotion on the face before bed.. vit E or a facial lotion.. the Dove deep moisturizing works well for me. Also to save money... the seals can be replaced before the rest of a mask needs to be replaced in the case of some masks. The Mojo and Comfort fits are molded and you can not replace the seal alone.. the ResMed.. you can order seals replacements cheaply.
Hope this might help you some. Been working on the best fit and comfort for myself, my son and my husband for 2 years - 8 months.