Risks Associated with the CPAP Machine
For those suffering from sleep apnea, CPAP has played a great role in ensuring that they have quality sleep every night. It is usually a painless experience and has little side effects. Your doctor may have recommended that you begin CPAP therapy, but you’re worried about what kind of effects it may have on you, below are some of the side effects that you may experience:
1. Allergies and Skin Irritations
These mostly arise from the masks used. Sometimes a person may develop an allergy or another type of skin reaction to the type of mask used. If this occurs, simply switch masks to one made of a different material.
Luckily, CPAP machine masks come in a wide range of materials, shapes and sizes. There are some that have special types of straps that ensure that the mask does not come into contact with any part of your skin. If you still find trouble finding a mask that works for you, you could ask for input from your sleep specialist to recommend nasal pillows which are flexible and small cones that fit into your nostril.
2. Congestion, Sneezing, Runny Nose
Runny nose, congestion, sneezing, nosebleeds and sinusitis can occur while using CPAP. These symptoms can be taken care of by using a heated humidifier. Additionally, you want to ensure that the CPAP mask is the right fit.
There are some patients who find relief by using nasal sprays before sleeping. If you find that all this does not help, you can talk to your sleep specialist to recommend a different form of treatment to help with your symptoms.
3. Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is usually caused by breathing in through your mouth, or through the CPAP machines. This can be treated using a CPAP that has a heated humidifier. If this symptom persists then your sleep specialist can recommend chin strap which can help to keep your mouth closed as you sleep.
If your dry mouth continues, you might want to get your mask checked as it could be leaking air into your mouth.
4. Stomach Discomfort and Bloating
As a result of a problem in your air pressure, you can experience bloating and discomfort in your stomach. If you experience such symptoms, you could talk to your specialist who can then suggest that you adjust your settings.
In addition to these side effects that you may experience, there are other problems that you may face with the CPAP machine equipment.
Mask leaks are a fairly common problem with CPAP machine masks. They can be caused by a number of factors. To prevent mask leaks, you should try washing the mask on a daily basis. It is also important that you wash and moisturize your face before you wear the mask.
It can help to adjust the mask’s straps. If the straps are not fitted well, a leak may occur.
Other problems you may experience with the equipment include air pressure problems which could lead to difficulty in breathing, as well as swallowing too much air.