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Breathing thru your nose


#1

if i have a cold and my nose is stuffed up, how do i use my bibab machine?


#2

I use a BiLevel machine with nasal pillows. On nights when I have nasal congestion I use a full face mask. Just ask your doctor to prescribe a full face mask and keep it handy for those nights when you have a cold or stuffy nose. Being sick should not stop you from therapy. Also, I have been known to sleep elevated in a recliner chair on nights where sneezing or coughing makes it challenging to use ANY mask.


#3

Try to use it and try to quickly manipulate the humidifier if available. If you’re receiving the benefits of the bipap machine to begin with this is not an issue. A patient will normally or is encouraged to use the machine even if “nose is stuffed up”. If unable to tolerate, then as an RT clinician, I would understand if usage for a particular night is missed. However if symptoms persists longer than normal and unable to use the machine, I highly recommend to get patients doctor to get involved to fix “stuffed nose” so you can get back on bipap therapy right away! :wink: