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Posted by Todd ( on April 23, 2001 at 15:46:50:

In Reply to: I don't understand the controversy on this subject posted by NickD on April 23, 2001 at 13:38:29:

Clusterheads use O2 as an abortive. This means that when a clusterhead grabs the mask, he/she already has a cluster. In order to trigger an attack, a clusterhead would have to be using the O2 for some other reason and subsequently have an attack begin.

I think this might be case of poor choice of words. In your first post, Nick, you said that if used improperly O2 could trigger a ch. In this follow up, you say your doc said that the O2 on sensitive nasal passages could "exacerbate" the CH.

Assuming the latter to be what your doc actually said, I'd interpret his meaning to be that under some circumstances a clusterhead inhaling O2 might also suffer the discomfort of irritated nasal passages.

Seems possible to me, but I'd wager to say that 9 out of 10 clusterheads would gladly trade a bit of nose irritation to abort an attack. And #10 is an idiot, masochist or doesn't have CH.


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