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Side Effects From CPAP Therapy Are Fixed With Adjustments, there are some CPAP Therapy side effects that we help patients to manage on daily basis:
Dryness in the Nose or Mouth from CPAP
Dryness of your nose or mouth often accompanies leakage. This may lead to nosebleeds or may even damage to your gums and teeth. If your mouth falls open, air can escape, leading to a parched mouth or tongue.
If your nose is dry, Med Care Pharmaceuticals over-the-counter nasal saline spray can help. Using our heated humidifier and heated tubing can also help prevent dryness of the nose and mouth. Using a chinstrap or a full-face mask that covers both the nose and mouth may prevent your mouth from falling open.
If you have environmental allergies, optimized treatment with Med Care Pharmaceuticals Prescribe and OTC medications and nasal sprays could reduce you pressure requirements by improving airflow through the nasal passage.
Skin Marks or Rashes from CPAP
Your CPAP mask may leave marks on your skin if it doesn't fit properly, possibly leading to sores or even ulcers, especially along the bridge of your nose. People with sensitive skin may also develop a rash or skin irritation, especially with masks that contain latex. Mask liners, barrier creams, loosening the mask.
Air Leaking from CPAP Masks
By far, an air leak is the most common complaint associated with CPAP use. If the mask does not fit perfectly, air may escape around the edges, especially as you change position while you are sleeping. Larger masks, such as those that cover the nose and mouth, are more prone to leaks. Leaks may compromise your therapy by reducing the pressure delivered, or they may be noisy and disturb your bed partner.
Air leaks can be reduced by using a nasal mask or nasal pillows. Patients which are struggling with the fit of tier CPAP mask, altering the pressure settings can sometimes be helpful.
Discomfort Breathing Out
Though it is easy to breathe in, you may find it difficult to breathe out against the pressure when you first start using CPAP therapy. This may improve over time, but the effort may also cause insomnia.
In some cases, ramping from a lower initial pressure or a feature to allow easier exhalation can be helpful. It may be necessary to reduce the pressures overall. In rare cases, bi-level therapy—in which one pressure is used to breathe in, and a lower pressure is used to breathe out—may be needed.
Air Swallowing or Aerophagia from CPAP
Many people experience air swallowing, called aerophagia (literally "air eating"). If you wake and your stomach is filled with air, this may be due to aerophagia. Symptoms include burping, farting, and bloating. Air swallowing can be a sign of CPAP pressures that are too high. Rather than entering your upper airway, the excessive air can enter your stomach via your esophagus. Reduced pressures may help to prevent this. Other treatments for aerophagia include sleeping wedge pillows, medications used for heartburn and GERD, and bi-level therapy.
Developing Central Sleep Apnea
After using CPAP therapy, some patients may start to experience episodes of breath holding characteristic of as central sleep apnea. You may have complex sleep apnea if central apneas did not account for the majority of your breathing disturbances before starting CPAP, but now contribute to more than five events per hour.
This sometimes resolves in time, and it may be alleviated by simply lowering the CPAP pressure. Sometimes, treatment may require a change to adaptive servo ventilation (ASV) therapy, in which the volume and speed of air can be set to vary according to your needs.
Face Growth Problems in Children Who Use CPAP
Children who use CPAP should be monitored to avoid developing growth problems of the mid-face related to the pressure of the mask across the nose. Newer mask styles, including nasal pillows, may reduce this risk.
Some people feel confined or enclosed when wearing a mask. This typically resolves over time, particularly if you take the time to adjust gradually to using the mask.
The noise can interfere with sleep, particularly for the person who you sleep with. While the currently used devices are much quieter than those used in the past, it may take some getting used to. Overall, most partners can adapt more easily to the predictable noise of CPAP than to the noise of snoring, which is very common with obstructive sleep apnea.