Hi. I just started with my CPAP last night. I have severe allergies and very sensitive skin, so I’m using a nasal pillow to reduce the chance for an allergic reaction on my face. Because of the allergies, I can’t breathe well through my nose. When I tried my CPAP last night, I could not fall asleep. I used the ramp up function, but I felt like I couldn’t breathe any time my mouth was closed. I also got severe chest pains. I could only use the machine for about 30 minutes and couldn’t take it anymore. I can breathe in fine, but feel like I couldn’t exhale like I should and felt like I was suffocating.
I have chronic idiopathic hives, which means I have allergic reactions to unknown triggers, and it has led to severe anaphylactic shock on more than one occasion. My meds control the appearance of the hives for the most part, but I still have uncontrollable itching all over. I have to take special care with everything that touches my skin. I don’t think I can wear a fuller face mask, the one I have itches like fire where it touches my face.
I am going to keep trying the machine, but I don’t know if I can wait weeks or months to get used to it. Just frustrated and would appreciate any advice anyone might have.