Condensation in the hose is a common problem with the humidifier. The solution is to reduce the temperature difference between the humidifier heater and the cooler hose. You can Google tips for doing this.
I don't clean my CPAP daily but I probably would if water was condensing in the hose.
I am not an expert, Marsha, but my understanding is that a full face mask is the answer for people who breathe through their mouth. Otherwise the intended positive pressure just escapes through the mouth.
I can't explain your sensitivity to the CPAP machine because the air is the same, just under a little more pressure. You could be allergic to the materials in the mask and hose I suppose, or some contaminants in the hose?
Have you ever been to an ENT doctor? There might be a reason you breathe through your mouth.
Yes, working much better now. Thanks.
You should really work with your sleep doctor about this but here is what I found. Good luck.
A pressure that is too high for you may be indicated by uncomfortable therapy, large mask leaks, mouth breathing, dry mouth and throat even with heated humidification, aerophagia (swallowing air), an AHI above the normal 5 or below events per hour, and still feeling tired or sleepy during the day. Some people have concerns that too high a pressure setting may lead to pressure-induced central apneas (the brain not telling the body to breathe) unless the PAP machine algorithm (operating rules) prevent runaways as in Respironics machines. Pressure settings above 15 cm/H2O are considered high for some people; for others, 18, 19, 20 cm/H2O is high.
My name is also Ed and I have been diagnosed since about 2010. I am happy to be here and I am looking forward to meeting you all and exchanging ideas and experiences.
Beta doesn't seem to be working well on my Android Galaxy Note2. Plus I can no longer access my account settings to back out of it. No way to navigate the site including getting to the home page. I will try logging out and back in again.