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If you have a cold and blocked nose can you put a couple of drops of olbas oil in your humidifier water?

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I have never done that because the general consensus is that any addition to the humidifier chamber might corode the metal plate. However, I do get the odd cold and frequently suffer from blocked nose at least on one side and my answer which works well is to add a few drops of olbas oil to a tissue, lay ithe tissue on a saucer and place below the air intake. This works extremely well but I cannot tolerate it all night and by 3am I usually move the saucer a few inches back and then I might be good for the rest of the night or replace the saucer. Be aware that the smell lingers in the tube and mask for a few days even after washing. I meet a lot of people using cpap at my local clinic drop in every Wednesday and many of those do this now. I am looking at the instructions on the olbas oil box and it says to do exactly this for everybody over the age of 2, two to three drops on a tissue tucked into the pillowcase for all night relief. So it can only do good. Eric

Definitely nothing inside the humidifier chamber except plain water.  Olbas Oil on a tissue or Vicks as Eric states, and there's a more detailed article on the website here https://www.hope2sleep.co.uk/blog/cpap-masks-with-a-cold.html

I use that stuff you get for kids in a capsule that you sprinkle onto their pillows.

Put on a tissue close to the air filter it works wonders.

I forget the name of it as I have run out.  I can't look for the carton as it was recycled!

The Internet is a wonderful thing,  What am I going to do now?

This is what I found, so it is back to Vapour rub then?

Karvol decongestant capsules (discontinued in the UK)

Karvol decongestant capsules contain various volatile, aromatic substances that have been used traditionally for many years as inhalations for their decongestant effect. The capsules are not taken by mouth; you snip the end off the capsule and squeeze the contents into hot water or onto a hankie and then inhale the vapour.

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