Use of a BiPAP and increased allergy sensitivity?

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Use of a BiPAP and increased allergy sensitivity?

Postby DarthApnea » Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:44 am

I have been using a BiPAP for 5 years now, but over the course of the last year, I have developed constant hayfever (sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose) like symptoms, especially in the winter. I have seen allergists and they say they have never heard of a connection between CPAP/BiPAP use and allergies, but if I stop using the BiPAP the symptoms go away (however my sleep apnea returns)

It seems like the use of the device causes irritation in my nostrils that make them overly sensitive. Claritain-D helps but I still will have 4-7 sneezing fits per day.

Can anyone shed some light on this? Will an APAP help?

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Postby hhopper » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:00 pm


I had the same thing for around a month when I first started on cpap. My upper nose was really sensitive and I sneezed all day long with tremendous drainage. My doctor put me on Zyrtec® and Nasonex®. It cleared up in a week or so. After being on these for about six weeks, I (for some stupid reason) decided to try stopping the medication. The sneezing came back in a few days. Now I'm back on it and everything is ok. My nose does tend to run a little more than before cpap.

The combination keeps my nose really open at night and makes it easy to breath with the cpap. I have a pressure of 14, use C-Flex on 3 and humidity on 2. Some nights, when the outside humidity gets low, I turn the humidifier up.
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Re: Use of a BiPAP and increased allergy sensitivity?

Postby Daniel » Fri Jan 19, 2007 5:09 pm

DarthApnea wrote:I have been using a BiPAP for 5 years now, but over the course of the last year, I have developed constant hayfever (sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose) like symptoms, especially in the winter. I have seen allergists and they say they have never heard of a connection between CPAP/BiPAP use and allergies, but if I stop using the BiPAP the symptoms go away (however my sleep apnea returns)

It seems like the use of the device causes irritation in my nostrils that make them overly sensitive. Claritain-D helps but I still will have 4-7 sneezing fits per day.

Can anyone shed some light on this? Will an APAP help?

David


David,

What make of BiPAP are you using ? Will it take 'allergin' filters ? They are a finer filter than normal.

I doubt the 'therapy' is causing this and therefore CPAP/APAP won't make any difference.

I suspect a finer filter will help.

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