CPAP and Allergies: Here’s What You Need To Know
Ahhh...CHOO! The not-so-peaceful sound of summer allergies. Summer allergies can often be just as bad as fall or spring allergies, leaving sufferers with sneezing, a runny nose, and watery eyes, all of which impact breathing. So those utilizing a CPAP every night while sleeping might be wondering how allergies and CPAP can co-exist. Here are some things to consider with your CPAP for allergies.
Can CPAP Help With Allergies?
Those using a nasal or a nasal pillows mask and have symptoms of stuffiness and congestion may find a full face mask easier to breathe through when allergies flare up – especially with a deviated septum. For those suffering from congestion and nasal irritation, consider the CPAP humidifier. The CPAP machine humidifier can help by sharing your nose’s job of warming that air, making you feel more comfortable and relaxed and able to breathe easier. So, while a CPAP won’t completely get rid of allergies, it can certainly aid in breathing and comfortability.
Will a CPAP Make Allergies Worse?
For CPAP therapy patients, CPAP equipment can be the source of accumulating allergens, which is why it’s important to clean equipment on a regular basis. Pollen, dust, and other allergens tend to accrue in the mask, tubing, filter, and humidifier. This can amplify allergy symptoms, leading to upper airway congestion or infection. The key to avoiding CPAP allergies getting more severe is great CPAP hygiene, making sure to clean all of your CPAP parts daily before going to sleep.
Tips for CPAP Use With Allergies
Check your CPAP machine’s air filter regularly for particle buildup and replace it as needed. This is worth emphasizing during allergy seasons when more particles (dust, pollen, grass, pet dander, etc.) both in and outside your home can find their way into your filter. When it comes to relieving symptoms such as the stuffy nose and sneezing that can interfere with CPAP therapy, try Menthol rub or a daily sinus rinse to flush and irrigate the sinus cavities. To create the ideal sleeping environment, shower before bed, this includes washing your hair, to remove any allergens that may have collected on your body during the day. Also, change your bedding often and enclose your mattress and box spring in an allergy barrier such as a cover or protector.
If you are having trouble sleeping, have questions about allergies and CPAP, and more importantly, if you are having trouble sleeping while suffering from seasonal allergies -- reach out to us by either calling us directly at 480-361-0124, visit us online, or by emailing one of our sleep experts.