Oxygen and stuffy nose.

Oxygen and stuffy nose.

Ok fellow oxygen wearers.
How do you keep nostrils from drying out, bleeding? I use water soluble cream but it just clogs up deep in cavity. I sometimes can't breathe in or out because of stuff in nose. I use syringes with warm water to flush out but lately it just burns..
Q tips help grab some of it. Is there something out there that I haven't tried? Nose spray, Vicks inhaler, nasal lube.

A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

NEVER use a petroleum based product for oxygen !!!!! I use Ayr over the counter, it is water based as you have already read. I also have a cool mist humidifier that is always on . Before the humidifier I had to use Ocean saline nasal spray to loosen the nasal clog. The only time humidifier bottles work on your machine is if the liter flow is at 3.5 to 4 liters per minute, as the air pressure isn't high enough to turn the drops into a mist and sometimes you feel like you ae drowning. To travel you can usually rent an FAA approved machine from your oxygen company. As for the shower, just use it as usual. Hope this helps. Have a Breathe Easy day....

posted over 1 year ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

Ayr Nasal Gel is the best thing I’ve found. Works great and you can use as much and as often as needed. When I was working customer service, I used it during the winter, but didn’t need it the rest of the year. It’s less than $5 here. Good luck!

posted 8 months ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

I just use Vick vapour rub it works a treat and clears your nose at the same time.

posted 8 months ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

I am a retired RN and the reason you should not use petroleum based products with oxygen isn’t because the oxygen is explosive it’s because static electricity can cause the product to catch fire. I took care of a man who put Vaseline in his nose, got up from his chair and when he sat back down his wife reached up to adjust his cannula a spark hit the Vaseline and flames went up the mans nose severely burning his nasal passages. It was not pretty. That’s why petroleum based products should never be used. Unfortunately that includes Vick’s and products like that

posted over 1 year ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member said:

I spoke about this before as I had the same problem - bleeding, scabs, unable to breathe through my nose - I was a total mess. A nurse told me to try PONARIS - I get it from Amazon and have been using it for way over a year. Fixed the problem - absolutely amazing. Instead of using it like nose drops, I put a Q-tip in the little bottle and rub it around and as deep as I can safely do it. My nose healed up quickly and I don't go without it. I had tried everything. Tried the humidifier attached to oxy unit as well and nearly drowned. The water built up in the tubing (I have 50 ft) and all of a sudden, while I was sleeping, the water was choking me, dribbling through my nose, down my throat and all over the place. It happens every time I try it, even moving around the house, water will start spurting out into my nose. I believe it's a condensation problem because of temperature changes and the tubing being on cold wood floors then carpet. Who knows. Now that the PONARIS worked for me, I'm happy. It's inexpensive as well.

posted 5 months ago
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