This topic contains 26 replies, has 11 voices, and was last updated by  Brittany Foster 7 months ago.

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  • #14526
     Brittany Foster 
    Keymaster

    One of our members, @margie-novak recently asked a question for oxygen users. Any advice for her (and I’m sure many others) would be greatly appreciated ! She is on 10 liters of oxygen and has found that her nose becomes dry inside from the high liter flow.

    Has anyone else experienced nose dryness from oxygen usage? Can you give our members some tips and tricks about how to help with this? Is there a particular cream that you use that works best?

    All advice is welcome !

  • #14536
     Dori Herrick 
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    @margie-novak I have been on higher-flow at times. It seems no matter what you do, your nose will get dry and chapped. You will be advised to use water-based gels, such as Ayr or K-Y, to keep the area moist. It is important to avoid petroleum-based. However, you have to reapply because they dry up fast, which is annoying.

    I have found using Neosporin Dual-Action Cream helps heal the sores and has a built-in pain relief. There is no petroleum in the cream, but avoid the “ointment”.

    Another discovery which helped me a lot is using the mask made by Oxymask to give your nose a vacation. It has open areas (holes) built in, so it isn’t as hot nor feels as claustrophobic as other masks. You can even drink through a straw with it on.

    If you get an area which keeps bleeding, you may want to get an appointment with an ENT doctor. I have had to have my nose cauterized a few times, but it healed it faster.

    I hope my information was helpful.

    • #14545
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Thank you for all the great tips and tricks Dori! It truly helps to talk to others who have had the same thing happen to them. I’m sure your advise is much appreciated by other members here too! 🙂 Thanks again for your feedback.

  • #14551
     Kathleen Sheffer 
    Keymaster

    Hey @brittany-foster, @margie-novak, and @dori-herrick! I actually wrote a post about this back in August because I had a lot of problems with nosebleeds while on oxygen and blood thinners. My ENT recommended Mupirocin twice daily for prevention and it changed my life (my nosebleeds often lasted several hours!).

    Here’s the link to my previous topic.

    • #14554
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Thank you for the link Kathleen! I want to start seeing an ENT doctor myself for my reflux issues I’ve been having ! The meds I’m on lately just aren’t cutting it ! Maybe they would recommend something for the o2 and cannula dryness too.

    • #14600
       Dori Herrick 
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      @kathleen-sheffer Thanks for the link (above) to your August post. It could be helpful to users. Like you said, there is nothing more awful than spending hours bleeding over a garbage can.

  • #14562
     Russene Yount 
    Participant

    Brittany, ask your O2 company for a humidifier for your concentrator. It’s basically a plastic jar with a lid and outlets for tubing, filled with water. I use one particularly in dry winter months, helps the nasal passages stay moist. I also use Ayr gel and a little saline spray.

    • #14575
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Thank you for the great advice ! I have used oxygen with the humidifier in hospitals before and it helps prevent the drying up that can happen. They particularly use this when I am in the hospital and have to be on a high flow ! I’ll have to definitely ask about this especially with the winter months that are always drying anyways !

  • #14564
     Jessica Kiser 
    Participant

    So I’m not on oxygen, but I do have a CPAP and a disease which causes me nosebleeds. My ENT told me to use lanolin nipple cream in my nostrils (the kind for breastfeeding mothers). It works amazingly!

    • #14576
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Who knew this type of cream could have many uses ! Thanks for the advice ! I’ll be on the lookout for this.

  • #14567
     Margie Novak 
    Participant

    Thanks to all for the suggestions. As far as using the water bottle, I do have a water bottle hooked up to my concentrator but it still gets very dry. I am going to try the Mypirocin (sp) but I have to get a doctor’s prescription for that in the interim will try good old Neosporin… that seems to be the ointment for everything ha ha!!! It doesn’t bleed as much as hurts from the cannula being there all the time. Thanks again and everyone hang in there!!!

    • #14568
       Kathleen Sheffer 
      Keymaster

      Sounds like a good plan! I definitely remember giving myself nose massages because my nose hurt from the cannula – changing it out can help (I think the plastic hardens over time).

      • #14578
         Brittany Foster 
        Keymaster

        @kathleen-sheffer good point about making sure to change it out ! When the cannula hardens it can get pretty painful and nasty. Especially this time of year when everyone’s nose is running from the colder weather (for those of us that live in the colder areas)

      • #14874
         Paul Hellwig 
        Participant

        My ENT suggested Neilmed NasoGel.Best place to buy I found is Amazon.com
        GOOD lUCK

      • #14876
         Brittany Foster 
        Keymaster

        Thank you for your feedback, Paul. I’m glad you were able to discuss this with the ENT, I’m sure others have had similar complaints since they were able to suggest something to you! I’ll be on the lookout for this!

    • #14579
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Glad this topic was helpful for you ! Thank you for bringing it to my attention !

  • #14572
     Kacie 
    Participant

    I’m on 3 liters/min 24/7 and my nose is always in some sort of issue state. I use the 02 water bottle on the concentrator, change the canula when it starts to discolor (it hardens and can easily scratch), which is once every ~10 days, and sometimes during the day at rest, I place it under but not in my nose. Placing it under my nose gives me a few minutes of breaks here and there and I still get enough O2 to stay above 90%. Best Wishes to You!

    • #14580
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      I’m glad you are taking care of what you can Kacie. I know it can be hard to stay on top of things especially when there is so much cleaning and care of the medical equipment that needs to be done. Good idea to place it under your nose to give yourself a break from it !

  • #14587
     Ann Goddeyne 
    Participant

    I too could use suggestions. At night, my sinuses get blocked up from the oxygen and I wake up unable to breathe through my nose. I end up sitting up for a while. My sinuses get blocked with dried blood and eventually I can blow it out. Some nights I hate going to bed because I know I will be up every three hours or so trying to breathe. Any one else have sinus issues? Ideas?

    • #14590
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Ann,
      Something that has always helped with my sinuses is the breathe right strips. You can get them at cvs or a pharmacy. They go around the nose and wouldn’t interfere with the cannula. If you’re able to take a decongestant I would suggest a good PM one . They put you right to sleep but definitely ask your doctor what one they would recommend.

    • #14595
       Dori Herrick 
      Blocked

      @ann-goddeyne
      The Neti-pot or the Sinugator, both by NeilMed are safe ways to flush your sinuses and nasal passages with saline-water. Doing this before bed can remove any blockage already there and also adds lubrication to the sinuses. Not the most comfortable thing at first, but you can get accustomed to it.
      If you have environmental allergies which add to the blockage, Fluticasone (brand name Flonase) helps reduce inflammation in the nose and sinus, making it easier to breathe. Please discuss adding this with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure this will be safe to mix with your other medications.
      Again, using a full-face mask for sleep reduces the drying of the sinuses by allowing you to breathe through your mouth. Full-face masks are also available if you use a CPAP or BiPAP during sleep.
      Wishing you a very good rest!

      • #14602
         Brittany Foster 
        Keymaster

        Dori,
        thank you for the great advice on this ! I forgot about the neti-pot. It is such a strange sensation at first but you’re right, you do get used to it and it’s a good way to clear out those blockages. I never thought of the mask as a way to get oxygen until your post about it! This helps to hear about ! 🙂

  • #14606
     Wilma Doan 
    Participant

    I am on oxygen only at night right now. 100% Shea Butter was recommended to me for my nose being dry and it is safe around oxygen. My husband bought it at a medical supply store.
    Wilma Doan

    • #14609
       Margie Novak 
      Participant

      Wilma, thank you for that suggestion… going to look for it. maybe they have it on amazon! Thanks again and I hope it works…

    • #14622
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Great suggestion Wilma ! I have used shea butter when my skin is very dry and it seems to help with that a lot ! Never thought about it for the nose. I’m Loving all of these responses !

  • #14775
     Jen Cueva 
    Participant

    Great tips !
    I, too, use the humidifier bottle as well as Ary gel. My nostrils get super dry and I have nosebleeds as well, often. I never thought of an ENT, or nipple cream !,

    Y’all are such a wealth of knowledge, even for a long termer , lol

    Thanks all…

    • #14779
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Jen,
      The nipple cream totally threw me for a loop!!! I laughed and first and then thought “wow that’s genius!” Almost like the beauty tip of putting preparation H ointment to get rid of under eye bags ! I guess there can be a double use for a lot of things.

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