I have sleep apnea and have been using a CPAP for the past several years. Over the past year, I have experienced a chronic stuffy nose which makes me take off the CPAP. I have changed-out the CPAP replaceables but it made no difference. I still awaken nightly having trouble breathing.
There are full face masks available for CPAP users who breathe through their mouths, or suffer from nasal congestion, like yourself. Just google CPAP masks and take a look at the various kinds, then contact your CPAP machine provider to see which ones they offer. I tried 6 different masks before I settled on the one that I currently use. Hope this helps -
I have a deviated septum (basket ball incident when I was13), and have had 2 septoplasties to fix it. I was and am having constant nasal stuffiness, mainly at night when I'm laying down. Come to find out, after a CT scan, I have a congenital thing that looks like an air pocket (but isn't) on one side of my nasal passage, which pushes the septum over, and the only solution is surgery. Before resorting to surgery, they changed my Bipap pressures, and mask. I useQuattro FX full face mask (ResMed), and there is a website- quattrofx.com (I haven't been to it). My ENT said it would be okay to alternate nostrils and use Afrin as needed. I am having problems with the air blowing constantly around 2am, and I don't use it after that. Now I am talking myself out of using it at all. I am planning on ordering a CPAP pillow, so maybe I can sleep more comfortably. Hope some of this helps, or that you have already had your question answered.
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