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Lung Infection Because Of Cpap Machine
Yes: Just make sure that you clean the components and disinfect with something like white vinegar. Generally it is recommended to continue CPAP use unless you are having uncontrollable cough or vomiting making it more dangerous to use machine than to go without. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Hello, I have just been discharged from hospital after having pneumonia in both lungs I was on a cpap machine as wella 10 litres oxygen at 100%?
Question?: You may want to resubmit the question because it is not clear what you are asking. ...Read more
Silly question I'm sure, but does the use of a cpap machine help increase lung capacity? Endurance?
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
I use a CPAP machine with nasal pillows. I have a sinus infection along with significant post nasal drip. Should I stop CPAP temporarily?
Use face mask: If you can't breathe easily with nasal pillows, stopping CPAP will likely make you life more miserable because you are now dealing with not just a sinus infection and post nasal drip, but also a lack of sleep and less oxygenation to the brain. If possible, use a face mask for your CPAP, so you can mouth- breathe at night. ...Read more
Are there any risks with a CPAP machine? My father was diagnosed with OSA & says the machine gives him chest pains & dizziness. Is this normal?
Mgt: Sometimes this does occur with CPAP. I would advise checking with your home company to see if less pressure can be used, and whether the mask fit is too tight. A follow up appt is indicated to rule out any other causes. ...Read more
My cpap machine humidifer calls for distilled water but could I just boil water and use it instead?
Ideally no but ok: Distilled water or highly filtered water is recommended for humidifier so as not to get minerals deposited in machine or on reservoir wall. Boiling water does ensure it is clean and free of bacteria which is good. It does also rid some of minerals but it does not distill it, leaving heavy minerals like calcium still left in there. Once in a while probably okay but otherwise, better off w/dist. ...Read more
Yes: You are at a higher risk for fungal infections of all kinds. ...Read more
Hi I sleep with a cpap machine and I pinch my mouth when I sleep can I use a mouth guard and my cpap?
Possibly: If you have the correct night appliance such as an nti made by a specially trained dentist you could protect your lips and teeth and still use your cpap. ...Read more
What do you recommend if I have a lung infection, my nose isn't stuffy but I can't really taste anything?
Treatment: Of a lung infection is tailored to understanding what is causing it. Only your examining physician can determine what the appropriate treatment might be after a physical exam ...Read more
I have sleep apnoea and use a cpap machine but my nose hurts due to dryness etc' I use the "2 small pillow" type, what can I do to help the problem?
I have mild sleep apnea and the cpap machine hasn't improved my symptoms. I still wake up tired, unrefreshed, and fatigued. What could be causing this?
See below: Please see your pulmonologist it could be something as simple as readjusting your pressure support on your machine. The other consideration is Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) causes insomnia and fatigue is one of its side effects. I have a you patients have suffered from this. Please see your doctor for follow up it's important. ...Read more
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
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
You need an exam: To diagnose you with any infection, lung or otherwise ...Read more
Do I need a prescription from my doctor for the clearence of the cpap machine for security at the airport?
I have sleep apnea but do use a CPAP machine. I was just wondering if it would be ok to take ZMA before bed?
I fainted and was hospitalized for 1mth because I had a fever for 2 1/2wk & had lung infection did a series of test that resulted normal what's wrong?
Ask your doctor: To explain it to you. If you were in the hospital for a month obviously something was wrong. You would have had a complicated case and your doctor has the most information to give you the best answer. ...Read more
I have severe sleep apnea and have a cpap machine. It used to work great buy now if I start it I feel like I'm suffocating. Can I change settings legall?
May need titration: Call the company supplying the CPAP and they can do a titration to get the optimal setting. ...Read more
I am 36. What can I do about my sleep apnea? I have severe sleep apnea and tried to wear cpap machine, but couldn't sleep with the masks. I tried a lot of different ones. I'm over wieght and stay tired a lot. Can I get surgery?
Probably not: True lung infections caused by candida are almost unheard of. People with severely suppressed bone marrow function can get systemic candida infections, but most such people are hospitalized in bone marrow or other organ transplant units or similarly immunosuppressed (but rarely cancer patients receiving outpatient chemo for example). "candida pneumonia" is almost unheard of. ...Read more
F/u with physician: You may have a recurrent infection or new infection or a complication from original infection....Please see a healthcare provider. ...Read more
This means: That your infection could be spread to other people. Please ask your doctor or her staff to educate you further on this matter. Take care. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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