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Postby CherylHC » Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:15 pm

Since I started using a CPAP machine w/humidifier several months ago, I have had terrible allergies. Most days are spent sneezing and blowing my nose. I have been miserable, and I have never had this problem before. My doctor says that it is unrelated to the CPAP, but it is the only potential cause that I am aware of. Have any of you had a problem like this? :-?
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Postby Maria7 » Sat Dec 08, 2007 4:33 pm

Yes, I have and many others as well. What you probably need to do is increase the humidity in your CPAP. You have to play with the settings until you find the setting that does not cause irritation inside you nose (which is most likely causing your symptoms) and not too much as to cause condensation in your hose and mask. Be sure that your CPAP machine is lower than your mattress so that will keep any condensation inside the hose and not on your face.
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Postby alanwaldo » Sat Dec 08, 2007 5:27 pm

Maria7,

I know you know what you're talking about, but another thing is if you get the moisture in your sinus's to high won't it cause swelling that would give you congestion?
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Postby ElleMarie » Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:23 pm

When I first started I had the same problem. I was congested during the day and coughing non-stop. I read that it helps to increase the humidity so I tried that. Instead of going up one and seeing how it was I went up two notches and got rain out. I reset it down one and found what works for me. We don't have much of a winter here but I am curious how it will do when we do get cold. I don't use heat in my home except for Jan and Feb so we will see what happens when the temps drop here.

Play around with the humidity and see what works for you but remember that what works right now might change on a rainy day or with the seasons. My husband uses a setting of 2 and has never changed it, I am more sensitive to change and play with my settings often. Good luck, and remember to let everyone know how it works out for you.
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Postby Maria7 » Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:53 am

Alanwaldo,

I think the trick is to suffer through the adjustment period. By that I mean, play with the settings for a few nights until you get the right setting for you and the area you live in.

When I first started CPAP, and knew absolutely nothing, I had the setting at 0 thinking I didn't like breathing warm air. I had no idea that the "cold" I thought I had caught, constant sneezing and runny nose, watery eyes, etc. was anything but a head cold. I took a mountain of vitamin C and cold relief pills. and continued to use my CPAP at the 0 setting. Finally the light went on and I posted as a newbie on this forum, wondering if I was having side effects from my CPAP. Many responded with the humidity advice and my problem ceased immediately.

I had to do the adjustment all over again when I went from my bare bones CPAP to a more data capable one. It really amounts to getting it right for your personal comfort and a lot has to do with where you live. I'm in New England and the settings change for me as the seasons change. Whether you can get too much moisture and affect your sinuses still comes down to getting the perfect setting. I had to play with the settings for two or three nights till I got it right.

Good luck!
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Re: allergies!

Postby Kathryn » Mon Dec 24, 2007 7:04 pm

Hi Cheryl......this is exactly my problem, too! I am so miserable! Have you found any relief? I started using my cpap machine about 12/4/07 and I have sneezed and my nose has run ever since. No matter the medication, it does not help. I started with the resmed Elite S8, and have since gotten the humidifier. I am using the nasal pillow headgear, but am considering the face mask. The cpap rep told me that the machine could not be responsible for these allergy problems, but I think otherwise. I think my husband is ready to go back to hearing me snore again! =D> Kathryn


CherylHC wrote:Since I started using a CPAP machine w/humidifier several months ago, I have had terrible allergies. Most days are spent sneezing and blowing my nose. I have been miserable, and I have never had this problem before. My doctor says that it is unrelated to the CPAP, but it is the only potential cause that I am aware of. Have any of you had a problem like this? :-?
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