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Sore Dry Blocked nose

Just been advised by Respiratory Nurse Practitioner to use Vaseline to ease dry blocked sore nose. l am on 24/7 oxygen using nose cannula's. I thought you shouldn't use petroleum based products if on oxygen? Advise please.

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Yes I agree don't use Vaseline

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Thank you for your help.

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Hi

I agree with Newlands oil based products are a none starter with oxygen.

Surprised at Respitory Nurse advice.

K-Y fell is suitable or ask your Pharmacy for any non oil based product.

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Thanks will try K-Y.

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ARE YOU IN THE US OR BRITAIN?

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l live in Somerset!

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GUESS IT DOSENT MATTER. I AGREE NO VASELINE. I HAVE A COUPLE OVER THE COUNTER MEDS THAT R GREAT. NASAL SPRAY WITH ALOE AND AYR SALINE NASAL GEL WITH ALOE VERA. WORK GREAT!!!!!

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CAN ANYONE TELL ME IF THEY HAVE ALOT OF LUNG PAIN WITH COPD??

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Hi, Patsy. Can I suggest that you take off the caps lock as speaking to people in capital letters is like shouting at them. :)

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Patsy72117 it would be best if you start a new thread about your lung pain. Your question will get lost in this thread and you'll receive more replies in your thread.

Why are you posting in upper case letters? Please hit the caps lock.

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I agree, stay away from anything oil based, like Vaseline. Your nurse must have been having an off day. Thank goodness you knew better. x

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Your nurse needs educating.....Never use Vaseline or any other petroleum based product. I use Sterimar saline nasal spray I find this helps or you can use KY jelly. Please show your nurse the guidance given to oxygen users & direct her to the NHS choices web site Oxygen pages.. The nurse should undertake further training.

Best wishes

Jo :-)

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Defo use sterimar spray , it clears your nose

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Good morning jojam,

The more I read and hear about bad advice given by the medical profession the more anxious I get - seems we have to double check everything for ourselves. Members of this Group are so very helpful - seems to me that we are on our own. I will always double check for advice by coming here.

Jennifer

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any water based cream...do not use Vaseline ............I have an aqua based one, as Toci said your nurse was having an off day.

Take care etch45 xxx

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Glad you didn't listen to the nurse! I find KY works well 😀🙋

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NEVER use vaseline near oxygen.

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NO, just NO. Do not use any petroleum based product if you are on oxygen. You could end up with a very badly burnt nose. Your respiratory nurse practitioner should know better but obviously doesn't. Educate her, she needs to learn and you might save someone else from serious injury.

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Lots of people (me included) thought it was a no no!

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In hospital it's highly unlikely there'd be any naked flames or cigarettes near the oxygen, at home less unlikely . . .

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Hi

It little to do with naked flames,

hse.gov.uk/pubns/hse8.pdf

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webmd.com/lung/copd/safety-...

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'Do not use oil, grease or petroleum-based products on the equipment. Do not use it near you while you use oxygen. These materials are highly flammable and will burn readily with the presence of oxygen. Avoid petroleum-based lotions or creams, like Vaseline, on your face or upper chest.'

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Hi

I was making reference to oil based products and oxygen equipment .

Quote from BOC date sheet.

Oil and grease

Oil and grease are particularly hazardous in the presence of oxygen as they can ignite spontaneously and burn with explosive violence.

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Read that people with petroleum based dressings should completely change their bedding every day and their clothing could cause a build up.

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I bought some from the hospital trolley that came to the ward on the advice of a nurse but only used it one before finding out about the danger. I use a lubricating gel that I buy from Poundland , does the job.

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Thank you everybody for you help and advise!

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yes i have read and been told the same including by the fire service who came out to check out my home as i am on 24/7 high use (15) oxygen. my Resp. nurse also said NOT to use vaseline!!!

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No you should not use petroleum products. My husband had prescription petroleum cream prescribed for chronic leg excema but stopped using it when I went on home oxygen having read warnings about the dangers. Please use aqua based cream, KY jelly is one that works. Joyce

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I was told that too (I'm on oxygen therapy) they were most emphatic about it! Everyone from the Respiratory nurse in the hospital to the people who supplied my oxygen, I would clarify this just to be sure....take care.

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No petroleum at all. But my daughter found me Burt’s Bees Baby multipurpose ointment. It’s petroleum free, nice fragrance and has healed my nose nicely. I love this stuff and use it for all sorts of things. Mine comes in a jar kind of like Vaseline.

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