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Is it safe to use cpap machine while I have bronchitis and a lung infection?

Is it safe to use cpap machine while I have bronchitis and a lung infection?

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

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Lung (Definition)

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


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Why does the cpap machine hurt my lungs when I am wearing the mask?

Why does the cpap machine hurt my lungs when I am wearing the mask?

Shouldn't hurt: Perhaps the pressure is too high and you need an adjustment?

Talk to your sleep apnea doctor.
This should not be a painful intervention. ...Read more

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Silly question I'm sure, but does the use of a cpap machine help increase lung capacity? Endurance?

Silly question I'm sure, but does the use of a cpap machine help increase lung capacity? Endurance?

No: Logical question, but sorry - CPAP won't increase your lung capacity nor endurance, if it did every elite athlete would own one! ;-) exercise is the safest and healthiest. Talk with your sports medicine doctor to get an "exercise prescription". ...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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I use a CPAP machine with nasal pillows. I have a sinus infection along with significant post nasal drip. Should I stop CPAP temporarily?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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

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What do you recommend if I have a lung infection, my nose isn't stuffy but I can't really taste anything?

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

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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?

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

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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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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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What are the immediate health benefits to using cpap machine? I've been using one for 4 months.

CPAP benefits: The immediate benefits of proper CPAP use include more restful sleep, better focus and attention and no morning headache if you tend to get that. Confirm any issues you are having with your CPAP device with your sleep specialist. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a lung infection?

See your MD: If you have a lung infection or pneumonia you should see your md and see if antibiotic treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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Will I need a cpap machine during surgery if I have sleep apnea?

Will I need a cpap machine during surgery if I have sleep apnea?

No: It depends on the type of anesthesia. Often CPAP is not needed during the surgery, but may be needed after the surgery.
For general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist puts an endotracheal tube and ventilates the patient using mechanical ventilation. This eliminates the need for cpap. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Cpap Machine (Definition)

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


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