Good morning everyone, a lovely day today. Just after some advise and thoughts really. After many years of trying, and given a new machine STA VPAP 9 and a different mask Respironics whisp nasal mask, I am finally using it every night. The Brompton I am sure will be so pleased they don't have to nag me yet again. However I do have a problem with dry mouth and nose. To try and alleviate this they have given me a humidifier which again at first I couldn't get on with, but have now been using this for a few weeks, which has helped slightly with the dryness, although not stopped it completely. My question is this. When the weather is humid, it really affects my breathing, so having a humidifier pushing moist air into my lungs what effect does this have on breathing. I have noticed the last week or so that I have started clearing my throat again which had stopped, and wondered if this was due to the humidifier. I have clinic on tuesday so will ask but thought all you experts out there will have some thoughts on this. Have a lovely day everyone

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Hi MisUse. What a curious situation you're in. Like you, I avoid high humidity as I struggle to breathe in damp air. But I have heard on this site that using oxygen can be very drying to the respiratory passages, and you need a certain amount of moisture in the lungs for the oxygen to be absorbed, so maybe that's why you've been given the humidifier.

Hi thanks for replying. I'm not on oxygen, just a bipap, but it was just a thought I had the other day, re the humidity. I take your point about needing moisture. I'll let you know what the Brompton says if I can get to talk to a techie, during what is always a busy clinic. Jean

like you I wake at night and cant move my mouth as it has dried out, i have a humidifier on my Bi pap machine. i take bottles of water to bed with me so I have a drink when i awake in the night . not much help but your not alone

Oh dear, sorry to hear you have the same problems, I take lots of water to bed with me too. Not good to hear I am not alone, will let you know what Brompton says if I get a chance to ask about this. Jean

Hi Misuse,

I too have just taken delivery of a Phillips Respironics BiPAP auto SV Advanced System 1(2016 model, 2 weeks ago). This is for central sleep apnoea, and sleep disordered breathing with severe congestive cardiac failure with AF. I basically stop breathing when i lie down and with this machine i can exhale more easier and i am not suffocating like the CPAP Machine did. It also breathes for me when I stop breathing which is most nights and daytime too, however its mind over matter knowing I am not going to croak' from the lack of oxygen.

I have also got the humidifier too with 3 levels of choice, but i don't really use it in the summer months but would use it when I get very cold with the mask on. I think in your case you need to experiment and see what suits you. I don't know what level of control you have but on my previous CPAP set at 2 was quite good. This new one I've had it on 3 when i am very cold, although i think its more my severe heart failure, and the cold air from the BiPAP Machine



Hello Sailor, thanks for your reply. Hope you get on well with your new machine. Yes, am experimenting with different settings. No doubt I'll get it suited to me eventually

Hi. According to Brompton Drs, my bipap is working well and doing what it should. Gases have improved. Humidifier does not have adverse effects, and also I will still get a dry mouth even with the humidifier. Hey ho

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