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Sleep Apnea and Sinusitis?

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Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:33 pm Post
Is there any connection between Sinusitis and Sleep Apnea? Couldn't sinusitis cause sleep apnea? Can't sleep apnea, and the CPAP, cause sinusitis? :-k
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Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:52 am Post
Had my first round of sinusitis since getting my CPAP. I usually get it this time of year and everybody around me has been sick. It worsened when I visited my mother who has 9 cats (I'm allergic) and two dogs (I'm allergic) and two birds (I'm allergic).

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Truth be told, I USED to have sinusitis several times a year... so having had it once since I got my CPap in July... it's pretty good.

I honestly do think it cuts down on allergens because I'm breathing filtered air for 8 hours a night. If my allergies are more controlled, then the conditions that tend to lead to sinusitis seem to lessen.

We're all different, but my experience has been that I've gotten some relief from my usual cycle of sinusitis several times a year, and I attribute that to the filtered air of my CPAP.


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Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:30 pm Post
I was recently diagnosed with chronic sinusitis. I have learned that sinusitis can cause breathing problems and that the moisture and possible bacteria build up of a CPAP can make sinusitis worse. I like your point about the filtered air, but that would only apply to allergens.


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Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:07 pm Post
Since Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is due to the collapse of throat tissue, sinusitis may contribute to OSA, but it isn't the sole cause of it.

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