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Head colds and CPAP

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Head colds and CPAP

Postby proverbs3:24 » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:11 am

Question: I am a new CPAP user. Since I am supposed to breath through my nose and not my mouth, am curious about what happens when a CPAP user gets a head cold? Any advice to prepare for the inevitable?
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Postby Haku » Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:21 pm

I was hoping someone would answer this, I have the same question. My guess is a full face mask as a backup.
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Re: Head colds and CPAP

Postby Daniel » Mon Aug 08, 2005 5:18 pm

petersonsue wrote:Question: I am a new CPAP user. Since I am supposed to breath through my nose and not my mouth, am curious about what happens when a CPAP user gets a head cold? Any advice to prepare for the inevitable?


I think I posted a reply to this on the Help Forum.

I don't know the official line, but I would stop using cpap for a few nights until the cold clears. Personally I get clogged ears as the pressure of cpap blows the gunge into the ear channels. On a few occassions it got so bad I had to go to an ENT to get them unblocked.

If anyone has a definitive way of dealing with this..please, please let me know.

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Postby Joe Camel » Mon Aug 08, 2005 6:02 pm

Hi...new to this forum but not new to PAP therapy...about the head cold stuff...I'm no physician, but, since I have been on PAP therapy, I have had no more sinus infections or colds...maybe it is because I've keep the equipment clean, maybe just luck, but my family physician told me that since I'm using heated humidification, it tends to keep the nose and throat membranes moist and lubricated thus helping to move all the contaminates through the system...WHATEVER!...all I know is that in the past 17 months (knock on wood) I haven't had this problem...best of luck to all you new PAP users...
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Postby Okie » Tue Aug 09, 2005 9:09 am

I have been on pap for five years. I find I have many fewer colds etc. than pre-cpap. When I do occassionally get one, I get over it in one third the time I did in the past.
I have never slept one single night without cpap. I keep Astelin, cough medication, decongestants, etc. on hand at all times to use in case of a cold or sinus infection. I also go to the doctor at the first sings of anything affecting my breathing, and he treats it rather aggressively, due to my apnea and need to use cpap. He gives me an injection at the office and oral meds to followup. I can usually find additional relief by cranking up the heated humidifier a notch or two when congested or coughing. If very congested, I sometimes will even turn on the heated humidifier, and put the mask on, sitting on the edge of my bed, I will breath the wonderful heated, humidified, filtered air for about 10 minutes to improve daytime breathing!
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Postby rested gal » Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:10 am

I have a ResMed Ultra Mirage FF (full face) mask to use for the rare occasions when I might have nasal congestion and need to mouth breathe. Despite the name "full face", a full face mask covers just the nose and mouth, not the entire face. Makes it easy to get your treatment pressure by breathing either way - through nose or mouth.
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Postby ladyhawkke » Sat Apr 21, 2007 6:34 am

Since using the C-Pap, I have had more colds than I ever had in my life. I rarely got a cold and now I get one about every two months and they usually last around 2-3 days. I use the Resmed S8 Elite with the heated humidifier but my nose still gets cold. My pressure is only set at 5, too. Don't know what else I can do to stop this but I have to use it as my oxygen level drops too low without it.
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Postby wheezer » Sat Apr 21, 2007 4:39 pm

If I'm mildly congested, the air pressure will often open my airways enough to sleep. Turn off the machine and things plug up. You have to have a plan to open things up --- meds, spray etc or no sleeping. Of course, if you have a full face mask and can tolerate mouth breathing than all is well.
Okie has the right idea.
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