Runny Nose and Sneezing

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Runny Nose and Sneezing

Postby Rskybsns62 » Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:39 pm

Started CPAP last night. I got a Remstar Plus with a cool humidifier and am using Swift Mirage II nasal pillows. I slept fine, only waking twice. No leaks. However, since waking this morning I have a constant runny nose and a lot of sneezing. I called DME and they said that was normal due to needing to get used to having the constant blowing. My pressure starts at 4 and ramps up to 7. Just wanted to make sure it was from those experienced here. Thanks.
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Postby NoseHose » Tue Sep 18, 2007 2:23 pm

I've experienced a larger number of apparent "colds" since going on the mask. Got one today in fact. I don't know what the reason is..... but I'll take it over the past.
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Postby Muriel » Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:48 pm

I'm having similar problems, watering eyes, running nose and a headache, as described under relative humidity
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Postby Maria7 » Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:34 pm

My first post in this forum was for the very same reason. I posted under "Sleep Mask Side Effects". I could not understand what was going on. I had all the same symptoms, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes. I was convinced I was allergic to the mask since I started this right after starting CPAP. All I can say, is I'm no longer having the problem and I've been on CPAP a little over three months. I do notice a greater sensitivity to scents, detergents, etc. than I experienced before using the CPAP, and I'm reasonably certain the CPAP has caused this. I sneeze more than I used to. When you think about it, having air blowing constantly up your nose has to cause some changes. I got a lot of suggestions from the forum and most people advised me to up the humidity which I did. I'm sure this helped. Don't get discouraged. Everybody reacts differently--some lucky ones take to CPAP more easily than others. And some of us take time to get adjusted and acclimated.
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Postby NoseHose » Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:05 am

I'd have to think that there isn't a whole lot of air passing thru our noses. What I mean is that once our airway is pressurized, the only air flowing beside the normal inhale and exhale is the air escaping thru the vents in the mask. In the case of my pillow mask, it's not a whole lot. Still, I've been sneezing and blowing a whole lot more since on CPAP.
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Prescribed for a 6 but I like to fool with things, and prefer 7
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Postby Maria7 » Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:39 am

One other things that improved things for me was I stopped using mild detergents to clean my mask, hose, etc. I use just about 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in about six cups of warm water and let them soak for a few minutes then rinse well and air dry them on a towel. I run a teaspoonful of vinegar and warm water through my hose then rinse that very well too. I let that drain from my shower head all day. I do this on the average of twice a week. Since then things improved alot. I know some manufacturers advise to use mild detergents and not vinegar but this worked for me. I can't imagine such a minute amount would harm anything and my equipment is over three months old and is fine. I really believe even the mild scent from the detergent even with the rinsing was exacerbating my sneezing.

Nosehose: I don't know what you use to clean your equipment but if you are using detergents you may want to try my method. I don't use a pillow mask but a nasal mask (ComfortGel). Hope this helps.
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UPDATE:

Postby Rskybsns62 » Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:08 am

After searching yesterday for a cure to this, I ran across a post saying to up the altitude setting on my Remstar Plus. I upped it one notch last night and today... no more runny nose and/or sneezing. That was, apparently, the fix I needed. Thank goodness for these boards and the wonderful info provided.

Second night on CPAP and I'm feeling good! :-D
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Postby Maria7 » Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:56 am

I'm so glad my suggestion helped. Other forum members were a tremendous help to me. When I asked my sleep doc about the sneezing, etc. she said, "Never heard that before" so in searching for answers on the internet I happened on this forum. The response I got from my question on this forum was right on. Watch what you use to clean your equipment. As I said in my other post, I couldn't use the mild detergent.
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Postby Rskybsns62 » Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:42 pm

I'm cleaning my pillows with baby wash. Another suggestion I read on here. I have 6 grandkids so there is always some around the house.
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Postby shapedance » Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:55 pm

I think this forum is going to be a life saver for me.

Ever since I have changed to my Breeze Headgear, I have been suffering from a sore throat and if not a runny nose, then at least very tender sinuses.

I don't have a humidified unit yet, but hope my insurance will approve it this week. I also think I'll change how I clean my equipment after reading this.

Thank you Thank you Thank you.

I am one of those who has been given a CPAP machine and ABSOLUTELY no guidance whatsoever. They might as well have thrown my machine at me as I drove past :shock: (I type as I sneeze...)
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runny nose watery eyes - change filter

Postby clk » Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:49 pm

Some people who are experiencing runny nose and watery eyes may be helped by changing or cleaning the filters on thier cpap machine. If your filters are dirty you will be breathing in the dirty air and it could also contain allergins which is irritating your nose and causing your eyes to water.

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Postby Maria7 » Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:23 pm

Clk:

That's good to know. I think the original poster was using her CPAP for the first week. I always rinse out my filters when I clean my equipment. I haven't needed the finer filter so far but if the watery eyes, etc. kick up again, I'll use it. I got a couple with my machine.
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filters

Postby clk » Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:58 pm

I use both filters fine(hepa) and foam (pollin) I can clean the foam one and replace yearly but the hepa has to be replaced monthly and can not be cleaned.

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Postby bdz » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:40 am

Sneezing, runny eyes, no real information on what to expect, contradictory cleaning information..... I was told to use antibacterial soap!
Thanks for all the input.

I am two weeks into the program and slowly building up a routine. Everything I read here is mentally registered (so nice to be able to do that again :-D )
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Postby melinor » Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:19 pm

I've been on CPAP for one week using a Swift nasal pillow mask. The last two days--all day-- I've had sneezing fits followed by very runny nose; didn't happen the first four nights and I've never had anything like this before. The only thing I can think of different is that I began cleaning my humidifier water tub with Joy on those two days. Any advice for me?
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