Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nasal congestion, irritation or runny nose that seems to be caused by using CPAP.

Do yo happened to feel uneasy with your CPAP machine? Does any irritation bothers you to use your mask properly? learn why below:

Nasal congestion, irritation or runny nose that seems to be caused by using CPAP. Your nose is your airway's humidifier. It warms and humidifies the air that you breathe. If the CPAP begins to dry your nose, your body will increase the production of mucus in the nose to add more moisture to the inhaled air.



Unfortunately, this may cause nasal congestion and a runny nose. In some cases the dryness will cause irritation, burning and sneezing. These symptoms can be alleviated by the use of a humidifier with your CPAP. Some sleep specialists order a passover (cold water) humidifier with the initial CPAP order. If you do not have one of these speak with your sleep specialist. If you already have a humidifier and still experience these symptoms you may need a heated humidifier. This is a water pan that sits on a heating unit and is attached to CPAP just like the 2 passover humidifier.

Heating the air and the water will allow the air to carry more moisture as it travels to your nose (just like the summer air is more humid than winter air). In almost all cases this resolves nasal congestion and irritation if it is caused by CPAP.

Irritation of the nose while on cpap mask:


Runny Nose while on CPAP:


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