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Allergies and CPAP

With the daylight saving time change past us, the worst of winter is over and it’s time to look forward to spring! Although this winter was one of the mildest on record, all of us at Better Rest Solutions are glad to see the days getting longer and the sun getting brighter. But for many, warmer days also mean the onset of allergy season.Little blond boy sneezing due to allergies, on a sunny day outdoors. He is holding a handkerchief in his hands, looking away. And for allergy sufferers, CPAP compliance is no walk in the park.

Here are a few tips for using your CPAP this allergy season:

  • Keep your CPAP squeaky clean. Headaches and ear pain caused by sinus infections are no fun. While allergies may cause you to start sniffling, don’t let a dirty CPAP compound the problem. Read more about how the SoClean CPAP sanitizing device works… 
  • Increase the humidity on your CPAP. A dry CPAP will only cause your body to produce more mucus, and make congestion and sneezing worse. If you have already increased the humidity on your CPAP, talk with your doctor about getting a heated humidifier, which will allow the air to carry more moisture.
  • If you still can’t stand your CPAP, don’t just stop using it. Talk to your doctor about alternative allergy medications. If you think you may have a deviated septum or other structural issues, your doctor may recommend an ear, nose and throat specialist. But don’t give up on your CPAP!