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Lately been having a bit if blood in my snot when I blow my nose. Mainly in the morning when awakening. Could CPAP machine be the cause? Suggestions?

Lately been having a bit if blood in my snot when I blow my nose. Mainly in the morning when awakening. Could CPAP machine be the cause? Suggestions?

Dryness: Dryness of nose due to CPAP may cause nose bleed. A little lubrication with vaseline may help. If still not better please talk to your physician ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Definition)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more


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Will using cpap machine cause sinus infections?

Will using cpap machine cause sinus infections?

See below: If the water reservoir is dirty or not cleaned properly it is possible. Keep it clean by replacing the water every night in addition to cleaning it at least every week, otherwise bacteria and fungi can grow in it which may cause allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. So try to keep your CPAP machine in good shape and it will help! ...Read more

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My dad has inflammation of the trachea, could his cpap sleep apnea machine cause this?

My dad has inflammation of the trachea, could his cpap sleep apnea machine cause this?

CPAP: Yes, it could. Please have him evaluated and see if the pressure of the CPAP can be reduced. Also, if sleep apnea is mild or moderate, a dental appliance could provide increased oxygen without the forced air of a cpap. ...Read more

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Can septoplasty cause sleep apnea? I've read sleep apnea is due to obstructed breathing. So if septoplasty leaves a lot of scarring, could it be enough to obstruct breathing and cause sleep apnea? My sister has sleep apnea and uses a cpap machine. I don'

Can septoplasty cause sleep apnea? I've read sleep apnea is due to obstructed breathing. So if septoplasty leaves a lot of scarring, could it be enough to obstruct breathing and cause sleep apnea? My sister has sleep apnea and uses a cpap machine. I don'

Septoplasty...apnea: On the contrary, septoplasty is supposed to increase air flow. There will always be scarring after surgery but scarring results in tightening and shrinkage of tissue. Many early snoring surgeries were aimed at creating scar tissue to tighten the palatal tissue and in theory increasing the airway opening. ...Read more

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I have amyopathic dermatomyositis and have a full mask CPAP machine for 3 months. Could that cause under eye ereythema? I've had it for 3 weeks now.

I have amyopathic dermatomyositis and have a full mask CPAP machine for 3 months. Could that cause under eye ereythema? I've had it for 3 weeks now.

Possible air leak: Sometimes the mask has an air leak, and if the air is dry, it may dry the eyes out overnight. A proper fitting mask would help.

Sometimes dermatomyositis is associated with changes in the coloration of the eyelids also. ...Read more

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How do u treat myofacial pain syndrome caused by teeth grinding? Wisdom teeth recently removed. Cpap machine is making pain worse, per dentist.

How do u treat myofacial pain syndrome caused by teeth grinding? Wisdom teeth recently removed. Cpap machine is making pain worse, per dentist.

See a dentist: Who is proficient at treating evaluating TMJ / myofacial pain. Treatments can include medications with muscle relaxants and analgesics, fabrication of oral appliances (depending on your individual situation), mad (mandibular advancement device) etc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the alternatives to cpap machine?

OSA Treatment: Obstructive sleep apnea treatment options include: weight loss, nasal decongestant, positional therapy, CPAP (breathing mask), oral appliance therapy and surgery. See a sleep disorders specialist for a sleep study and management. ...Read more

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What is the best mask to use with a cpap machine?

What is the best mask to use with a cpap machine?

CPAP mask fit: The one that fits most comfortably yet provides the necessary delivery eliminating any significant oxygen desaturation. There are many available so there should be one that is comfortable yet provides a good seal. Many have associated restless leg syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder, therefor aggressively treating that effectively seems to allow for more comfort with cpap. ...Read more

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What is a cpap machine used for? How does it work?

What is a cpap machine used for? How does it work?

Mechanism: CPAP is considered the most effective treatment of OSA. Its beneficial effects are related to the normalization of breathing during sleep and to the prevention of nocturnal desaturations. Upper airway patency is maintained with NCPAP by a pneumatic splinting effect while changes in lung volume and pre-apnea SaO2 level may be implicated in the improvement of apnea-related desaturations. ...Read more

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What do you recommend to clean a cpap machine with?

Advice: Excellent advice here: https://www. Sleepapnea. Com/blog/post/92098663671/keeping-it-clean-cpap-hygiene-a-shower-or-bath

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How often do I need to have cpap machine calibrated?

As often as needed: The specs of each manufacturer vary; but there is no such a thing as too often if the alternative is to not use it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how a cpap machine improve oxygenation?

Keeps airway open: With Sleep apnea. The patient airway collapses. This resulting the patient choking. The patient is thus not breathing. When this occurs the patient gets low oxygen. CPAP prevents airway collapse and keeps the patients breathign regular and avoids desaturations. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cpap machine?

CPAP: CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure. This is typically a device that sits at bedside attached to a hose that attaches to some sort of interface (i.e. Mask) to deliver pressre to the airway either through nose or nose and mouth. The main use is for obstructive sleep apnea but it has been used for other conditions such as respiratory failure or congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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What is the normal pressure setting on most cpap machines?

It depends: The pressure is selected with a CPAP titration which is part of a sleep study. A CPAP machine can be set with variable pressure to adjust to changes during sleep. Common settings are 8 to 11 cm of water. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me where is the best place to sell my cpap machine?

Donate: If you wanted to sell you could try ebay or craigslist. However most patients will be able to get a new CPAP machine through insurance, so another option would be to consider donating to a sleep center for use in uninsured patients. ...Read more

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What are the people who sale, fit, and assist with cpap machines doctors?

There are three: Specialists that can help with sleep apnea and CPAP prescriptions. ENT surgeons, pulmonologists and sleep specialists. I'm sure you have many doctors to choose from in your area. Your personal physician can help with a referral. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how noticeable of a difference will there be when I use my cpap machine?

Depends: It depends on how severe your sleep apnea is and how you felt before the use of the cpap. Some patients do not like the CPAP at first but once they adapt, it works well. Patients often feel refreshed and re-energized as they are well rested. ...Read more

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I have a cpap machine that I should use but haven't used it for months. What happens? Any implications if not used regularly in case I resume?

Dust it off.: CPAP is hard for some people to tolerate. If you don't use it you will return to the symptoms you had prior to use and you will have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. If you restart using it your risks will decrease and you may feel better. There is no "penalty" for not using it, . ...Read more

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Can you loose weight using cpap machine?

YES!: Proper treatment of sleep apnea may cause weight loss in obese/overweight patients. To put it another way, patients with sleep apnea gain weight if not properly treated. ...Read more

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Can non-distilled water be used for a cpap machine?

Can non-distilled water be used for a cpap machine?

Yes but not best: I would recommend distilled only. The machine will last much longer, and it will be healthier for you as well. ...Read more

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What kind pillow is best to use with a cpap machine?

Patient choice: Whatever pillow is comfortable. If you mean nasal pillow, which is part of the mask, whatever seals properly. ...Read more

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How can I overcome the stigma of using a cpap machine?

How can I overcome the stigma of using a cpap machine?

CPAP alternatives: The CPAP machine and the many variations of CPAP are the "gold standard" of care for sleep apnea. But many people can't tolerate the machines for a variety of reasons including comfort, claustrophobia, etc. I get a lot of referrals from sleep specialists in the quad cities to make these patients oral mouthpieces, designed to bring the mandible forward and hold it there which opens up the airway. ...Read more

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Is breathing supposed to hurt after using a cpap machine all night?

No: Does you machine provide humidified air--if not, you may need a change of machine or up the humidity percent to see if this helps. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could collected dehumidifier water be used for a cpap machine?

Technically: Technically you could, since that water would be "distilled". ...Read more

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What can I do if using the cpap machine makes it nearly impossible to get sleep?

What can I do if using the cpap machine makes it nearly impossible to get sleep?

Keep trying: CPAP is the gold standard treatment for osa, and it works very well. Try it, and hang in there...You can get used to it over time. If you just cannot tolerate wearing the cpap, then you have 2 options. #1-see your dentist who can make you a mouthpiece type of appliance than can improve your airflow. #2 talk to your md about surgical options. ...Read more

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Why do I still wake up in the night to go to the bathroom even with a cpap machine?

Prostate unchanged: CPAP does not control blood glucose nor shrink prostate. There are other causes for a nighttime trip to the bathroom. ...Read more

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How many people use a cpap machine, and how do doctors feel about them generally? Thank you.

Thousands!: The best way to treat sleep apnea medically is with CPAP and other positive pressure devices. Obviously weight loss is an integral part of medical management as well. Dental appliances that pull the jaw and tongue forward can also be very helpful with many patients. Surgery can work but must be tailored to the patients anatomical obstruction. Thousands successfully use CPAP to rx their apnea. ...Read more