Helpful Articles + Information

Thursday, 16 February 2017  |  Kath Hope
Petroleum Jelly Products Like Vaseline + Vicks Should Not Be Used with CPAP, NIV + Oxygen Masks

I have written before warning people not to use products like Vaseline or Vicks inside the nostrils, but still we as a charity are hearing this is being recommended by some doctors and nurses. Whilst it is rare, this can lead to lipoid pneumonia and is not worth the risk!

Apart from the health risks, products containing petroleum jelly and other substances can also damage the soft parts of the masks, causing leaks and costly replacements.


Friday, 7 October 2016  |  Kath Hope
Should We Use Our CPAP Masks With A Cold?

This particular question comes up such a lot in our support groups...."should I use my CPAP or Ventilator when I have a cold?" The answer is almost always a big "YES." During a cold or flu virus our airways are even more compromised, plus the fact people are probably taking pain and cold remedies which cause drowsiness. Therefore, breathing and sleep apnoea will be worse so we need all the help we can get. Added to this, unrested sleep and low oxygen levels will delay the healing progress. However, there's no doubt about it that wearing a mask is more challenging at times like this and it's even more important to keep up a good cleaning regime of the mask and tube.