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nasal pillow rubbing my nose raw.

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Proscubadad -1 point · 25 days ago Original Poster

I'm one week into my CPAP and I've never slept better. I'm a professional diver so having this contraption on my face is only natural. The only problem I'm having is that the nasal pillow is rubbing my nostrils raw. I tried a unit over my whole nose during my sleep study and although my nose was fine, the straps were a little uncomfortable trying to get to sleep. i do NOT want to go full-face. I'm sure this has been asked before so I apologize for the elementary question.

Any ideas?

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Sierra +0 points · 25 days ago Sleep Innovater

Which specific mask do you have? I have used the ResMed AirFit P10 and the F&P Brevida. The Brevida I found gave me a little more nose irritation, but I think I could have gotten used to it, if I had stuck with it. The P10 fit me better, but initially did give me some nose irritation. I had a fit pack with the Small, Medium, and Large inserts. I found the Medium sealed better but went too far into my nose and caused more irritation. I think the P10 works best if it sits more on the entry to the nostrils rather than right in them, and I now use the Large size. The other thing that I find helps initially is to put a little bit of over the counter 1% hydrocortisone cream on the irritated part of the nose in the morning. I found that after a week or so of using the hydrocortisone the irritation went away. And if it is an adjustable mask, make sure it is not too tight.

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Proscubadad +0 points · 25 days ago Original Poster

Thank you for your reply. I have the P10 and have to use the large pillow the medium was too small. I'll try the hydro cortisone. I used Vaseline on my nose to keep it from getting raw. can't quite tell if that helped or not.

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Proscubadad +0 points · 25 days ago Original Poster

Also, the main forum says i have 5 replies to my post. I'm only seeing my reply to you. how do i view the others? Am I doing something wrong?

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Sierra +0 points · 25 days ago Sleep Innovater

Sometimes posts get hung up in the spam filter. Other than that, not sure what could be going on. I think you will find the hydrocortisone better than just Vaseline. It should not be used for an extended period of time though - just until you get over the irritation.

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GodFather +0 points · 24 days ago

I use Ayr Saline Nasal Gel around the area of my nose where the pillows make contact and I sleep like a baby with no rash.

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Sherry +0 points · 21 days ago

I have heard good things about that product.

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