CPAP Side Effects You Should Be Aware Of

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CPAP is one of the treatments available for obstructive sleep apnea. Although effective, many people have complained about the side effects. CPAP works by delivering pressurized air right into the sufferer’s breathing airways.

This will help open any blockage in the airways, so that he can breathe like usual. The good news is most of the side effects associated with the use of CPAP are minor. Most of the time, they’re just inconvenience and irritation. Here are some CPAP side effects that you should know:

CPAP Side Effects

Difficulty exhaling

Since the machine constantly delivers a flow of air into the nose and or the mouth, it will be harder to exhale as we need to breathe against the pressure. There is this strange sensation when using the device for the first time. However, you will probably be able to get over it eventually. With practice, you will be accustomed to the weird sensation that the CPAP treatment has caused.

Another solution to this problem is using a CPAP machine with two pressure settings. This type of machine can adjust pressure between inhaling and exhaling, which is suitable for people who struggle breathing out.

Dry mouth

Dry mouth is often reported with the use of CPAP. In fact, it’s one of the most common side effects. It makes sense considering the lack of moisture in the pressurized air will dry up the mouth during use. If you don’t want any of that, then we suggest you buy a machine with a humidifier. Some CPAP machines come with a water tank that serves to add moisture to the flow of air before it’s delivered into the patient’s nose and mouth.

Skin irritation

Skin irritation is also possible with prolonged use of CPAP. Even those who use it only for short-term may also experience this side effect. The irritation may result from an unfitting mask. Don’t buy a mask if it feels too tight. This is why you should try a mask before purchasing. This way, you can find out if it fits your nose and mouth perfectly or not.

Make sure it’s not too small or too big. A disproportionately big mask will end up with leaks, making the treatment not optimal. Another thing that may cause skin irritation is the material used. The mask comes in contact with your face all the time.

The thing is we have different skin conditions, so we would react differently to the same material. If you have sensitivity to the material of a CPAP mask, you should look for another one. Some people have naturally delicate skin that needs special attention.