sleepygrump wrote:Please if you have experience with this, dont just read the post, detail your experience to help others.
It occured to me maybe my allergy and sinus issues might be related to apnea (seeing as I have had them both start same time). I have tried everything to fix the allergy issues. Allergy tests, nasal sprays, steroids, anti biotics, saline irrigation, surgeory. Nothing has improved it.
Then it occured to me, maybe if I was breathing filtered air via a cpap, the inflamation and allergy issues might get a bit better. Maybe that would be another benefit to cpap ! But then I have read others who have said it made them more stuffy in the nose.
I could be totally wrong though?
So what has your experience been?
* this is not a thread about me complyign to cpap so please stay on topic, thanks.
I have had allergy and sometimes sinus issues life long.
I was diagnosed with OSA in late 2003 and received my first CPAP machine shortly after that time.
I think my nose did enjoy the time when I first got my CPAP machine. It is filtered, humidified air – what is not to like when the machine is new. As time went on, however, and especially during the fall and winter my nose was less happy with it. As I thought about it the two micron filter, even if it is 100 % effective will still let some dust and organics through – and inside the machine is sound deadening foam, air flow limited spaces, and of course the static ladened moving fan where those dust and orgainc particles can and do build up. Add a bit of moisture from the winters we have here and I suppose a good crop of mould, fungus, and bacteria is what you would find in there.
I understand, from experiances related on these forums, that one can have the DME clean the inside guts of the machine. I really resent using a DME and I know they would not want to clean the machine more than once a year so I needed to come up with a better way. Ozone, that wonderful stuff that makes sunney days and “just after the lightning storm” smell so fresh is also a very good oxidizer and disinfectant. So I bought an ozone based “air purifier” unit made for a car (to plug into the lighter) and connected it to a 12v power supply to it run from AC power (I believe that a bathroom air purifier could be used without having to jury rig a power supply). I then placed it and my CPAP machine into a plastic tub. With both units on and the air from the mask pointed at the “air purifier” both being located near the air inlet of the CPAP I lightly placed the cover on the tub and let them both run for a couple of hours. I then removed the CPAP machine and let it run in the open air for a couple of hours. For that matter, the CPAP was run with the humidifier dry. Thus treated the machine smells fresh for several days and the buildup of junk that seems to upset my nose seems to take from 6 to 12 weeks. It does seem to make my nose happier.
I think my first few years on CPAP were less than effective in treating my OSA. The pressure was set too low so the therapy would work if I was not stressed, but if I bacame stressed the added inflammation and lack of nighttime muscle tone due to fatigue made for respiratory events even though CPAP was being faithfully used. Knowing what I do now, I also believe that the times of stress also resulted in an upset tummy which expressed itself by pushing excess stomach acid ladened juices up into my airway passage. Ah yes, even more inflammation now adding a dulling of the affected sensory and muscle tone nerves in the airway passage, and so much less effective CPAP therapy of course. The work I had was stressful and sometimes went for two weeks at a time without a break. Allergery symptoms got a lot worse. I found that I got through these longer times of work a bit better if I used a bit of over the counter cold medicine at night a few days in to the long work stint. It would have been a better choice, I think, to monitor my therapy more closely (like, get the software and use it), find and treat the GERD (I now raise the head of my bed), and spend more time doing exercise and nutrition.
Until recently, I have used Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray to help with the allergy symptoms. Well, my left eye started to get cloudy and, from my reading, I know that this nasal corticosteroid tends to cause cataracts so I stopped using it. Perhaps it is that my machine is clean and fresh, and/or that my GERD is treated, and/or that I watch and make sure my CPAP therapy is working well, and/or that my diet and exercise is improved. Whatever it is, I really do not miss the Nasal Spray and my eye has cleared up a bit.
May we find good health!