Is anyone on Oxygen? Problem with nosebleds.

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Stella Marie
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   Posted 9/2/2009 1:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Normally I do not have a problem being on O2.  I use a water base lubricant as instructed, but lately I am having a horrible time with nose bleeds. I was told not to use anything like vasoline or other non-water soluable creams.  I am on 3 L and  I always make sure the cannulas are cleaned on a regular basis.  I had to have one cauterized a month ago because I could not get it to heal.  Does anyone else on O2 have this problem.  If so, what are you doing for prevention

Stella Marie

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   Posted 9/2/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes mam.I have a problem with nose bleeds since being on oxygen. I have the water tank too. I run 4lL when up moving around and 3L at rest. I have been fortunate enough not to have to have anything done as you have had Stella. But, I can be sitting at the computer and wham out of the blue here comes the nose bleed. The only thing I use in my nose is a ocean water nose spray which is approved by my dr. it has saved me from so many sinus infections and its something than cannot do any damage.
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   Posted 9/3/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Stella Marie

I use Oxygen at 3lpm with my VPAP machine for my Complex Sleep Apnea! I set my humidifier on my VPAP on high so I get maximum humidification. It helps allot, but my nose and mouth are still very dry! I was using the liberty mask, I just recently changed to the new Respironics FitLife full face mask, and it had made a huge difference in my dry nose and mouth! I don't have near the problems with it now! So do you have your problem with dry nasal passages when you sleep or is it all the time? So maybe trying to increase your humidification might help, or change the mask you use for your sleep apnea. By the way I see you have central apneas, do you mind me asking what type to XPAP machine you use? I use the ResMed VPAP Adapt SV enhanced, I think it is a fantastic machine!

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