Sneezing and running nose from CPAP machine use

by Sneeze

I have a very severe problem with my sinuses. Some days I sneeze all day using about 100 kleenex. Other days my nose runs continously.

I have been to an allergist,two ent doctors and had x-rays of my sinuses. All the doctors tell me that nothing is wrong. Does anyone else suffer from this problem?

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A lot of CPAP users have the sneezing and sinuses problems. And there are so many things that could cause these problems, when you start using the CPAP machine.

That's why we need more information of what's going on, so we might be able to help. For example:
  • what kind of CPAP machine you use,

  • do you have an unheated or heated humidifier,

  • what kind of mask you have? A nasal mask, nasal pillows, or a full face mask?

  • are you a mouth breather?

  • do you have water in CPAP hose in the morning?

  • how do you clean you CPAP equipment?


One of the biggest reason you might be having a running nose is because the air is not moisturized. If you aren't using a heated humidifier, you might ask your doctor about getting one.

If your humidifier is not heated, a heated one may really help your sinuses. However, you have to find the humidity settings that works for you. Everyone is different.


What kind of doctors did you visit, except the ENT and allergist? I would call both my primary care physician and the sleep doctor's office. They will recommend what should you do next.


Your problem does sound like you're having some kind of an allergic reaction, but you said you don't have any allergic problem. But maybe you have allergies from the air that you breathe through your CPAP machine.

Unless you have a HEPA filter on your CPAP machine, and most of us don't, the pollen will not be filtered out. The CPAP filters only remove the big particles from the air.


While you have the sinus problems, a sinus rinse or irrigation is recommend. It should make you feel great and get rid of congestion.

This video from NeilMed Sinus Rinse will explain more:



The sinus irrigation procedure will accomplish several things:
  • it clears your nose and makes it easier to breathe,

  • it will get rid of any allergens and pockets of infection that might be irritating your nose,

  • it makes you feel great.

Bottom line...until you get everything under control, you should thoroughly wash your equipment every day after using it while you have your sinus problems.

Also, dump the water from your humidifier every day, let the humidifier air dry and then put inside fresh distilled water.

Also be careful doing the sinus rinse, as in use distilled water and observe extreme cleanliness, as it is extremely easy to get a sinus infection from doing sinus irrigation if not done properly.

I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back.

Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide


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Feb 06, 2012
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also with sneezing and runny nose
by: Anonymous

I'm a new CPAP user, 4 weeks now. Every single morning as soon as I remove the nose pillow mask, I start sneezing, my nose starts running uncontrollably and my eyes are watering. I have the heated humidifier, the two filters on my machine, doing everything suggested for cleaning and water changes. I'm sick of having to take Day Quil every morning just to make it thru the day. It took me all this time to even connect the dots as I thought I had a cold but nothing else ever happened. I have no cold. It's the mask. Is this going to last forever? How can I combat this once and for all.

Feb 07, 2012
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About the mask
by: Remy

It seems that you may be allergic to mask material. Did you speak with your doctor about medication for this problem?

Feb 07, 2012
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follow-up to Remy
by: Anonymous

it's not an allergy to the mask. Many people I have found have the same problem, cold symptoms, runny nose, sneezing and there is no allergy to the mask fabric. It apparently has to do with the air pushing thru the nose all night. I found someone who said to try medical grade Lanolin w/ a Q-tip in the nostrils at night before applying the mask and sure enough, that works. I had no idea so many people had this same problem.

Feb 08, 2012
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I'm glad you resolved the problem
by: Remy

Thank you for the tip. I will include this new solution to my next newsletter, so that other CPAP users with sneezing and running nose problem can benefit from it.

Sep 29, 2014
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Sneezin & Runny Nose
by: Anonymous

I as well have been having the same issues.....runny nose, sneezing all day. I'm glad to see that a solution has been found. I will definitely be trying it.

Nov 15, 2014
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Lanolin
by: Anonymous

What is medical grade lanolin? Does that mean a script? Or can you get it over the counter? If you can get it over the counter I would like to know what it actually says on the product. I just used my cpap for the first time last night and I'm sneezing and running.

Jan 22, 2015
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Truck Driver
by: Anonymous

I have used it for years because I would get fired if I don't. It doesn't help me at all. Only makes me worse and some doctor rich.

Jul 23, 2015
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Coughing and sneezing
by: Anonymous

I have been using the Cpap machine for roughly 2 months.The congestion, sneezing and runny nose began roughly at the same time that I started the Cpap machine.
I have severe apnea with 47 episodes per hour, so don't really have an option to stop the treatment.
I have a new machine, heated humidifier and heated hose with nasal pillow mask.
I thought it was a cold, then allergies (which I have never been bothered with) which was causing the problems. After reading through many posts I am now more inclined to say that somehow the symptoms are Cpap machine triggered.
I will try the medical lanolin as a last resort.
I would appreciate any other possible remedies out there, and more so some recommendations from machine manufactures.
Larry

Jul 25, 2015
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nose burns
by: Marilyn

I am having the same problem is driving me nuts.Making inside of my nose burn also.I will try the lanolin.

Aug 08, 2015
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Lanolin
by: Mariyn

I bought the lanolin and so far it's not helping.

Aug 10, 2015
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Mask cleaning
by: Larry

After suffering with the sneezing and runny nose for way too long, I began to super clean my nose pillow mask every night before using it, with Greenworks all natural dishwashing detergent.
Most of my symptoms have gone away.

I still have daily nasal congestion, but at least I can function quite normally throughout the day.

Aug 12, 2015
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Runny nose and incessant eneezing
by: Jim

My problems come and go. When it is bad I feel that I am going crazy. I can't sleep with out the cpap machine yet I am miserable all day. My nose runs like a faucet.

I use a heated humidifier, wash everything each day and get no relief. If I go several days without the machine my nose drys out then I use the cpap and I am back to all the symptoms. Help!

Aug 26, 2015
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Running Nose and Sneezing
by: Gregory

I have been using CPAP for 5 nights and wash everything every day.

I start out each night okay but if i get up during the night for a minute my nose starts running almost instantly, so much that I cannot continue using CPAP for the rest of the night. Then my nose runs all day and I sneeze constantly.

It slows down by bedtime and I can get to sleep with CPAP, but when I wake up during the night it starts all over again.

I'm now awake at 4am looking for solutions online.

Nov 25, 2015
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Sneezing
by: Anonymous

I have an APap machine and use humidifier. I just replaced all tubing and I have a filter I set the humidifier at 2 but when I use it, I sneeze all day and nose runs constantly

Jan 14, 2016
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Humidity Level and Sneezing
by: Sylvia

Hi Everyone,

I too have been sneezing and running noses with my CPAP machine and humidifier. I found it was a lot worse when I had the humidity at 2.5.
I reduced it to 2, and now I only sneeze and have a runny nose like a light starter cold. I wake up with my nostrils a little dry but at least it's not as bad as when I had it set at 2.5.

I will try the Lanolin and update you on whether or not it worked for me.

Also, do people using the face mask have sneezing and running noses issues?

Jan 17, 2016
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CPAP machine causes allergy
by: Ilona from Queensland

hello! Just bought a new machine and it smells Very strong plastic odour coming from the machine. The tube and mask are fine.

Running the machine with the tube off and I can smell the plastic odour coming out of the machine outlet where the tube attaches .

I am thinking that this could be a larger problem . So many people are suffering sinus problems from Capp use. It may be this plastic toxic fumes problem that is causing it all. I am a bit more sensitive than the average user but these fumes MUST BE detrimental.

Covering up the smell with essential oils etc is not a good idea. The fumes are not healthy and should be addressed. The plastics used in this machine should be reevaluated .

Jan 27, 2016
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CPAP running nose fix
by: LW S

Buy a NeilMed neti pot.It comes with 50 packest of dry saline solution do a cup of lukewarm water and 1 packet in each nostril and the sneezing and runny nose instantly goes away. Don't ask me why but it does at least forme

Jan 29, 2016
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Runny nose and sneezing all day with CPAP
by: CDS

I have been using the CPAP machine for six months now.I have been suffering from the runny nose and sneezing, watery eyes all day long.

Sometimes in the mornings when I take off the mask, I have a nasal burning sensation. I also replaced the humidifier water tank and also use a free standing humidifier in the bed room and cleaned the hose with soap.

Now I cant even sleep without the cpap. I replaced the water tank with a new one and used distilled water. Yet this morning as soon as I took off the mask, it is back to sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose.

It is terrible. I have set up and appt with an allergist this week.

Feb 07, 2016
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Love and hate
by: Anonymous

It happens to me like ones a week and today is the lucky day i been up since 4 a.m cannot breath and have watery nose ... feeling like crap but i cannot sleep with out my cpap is a love and hate situation. .. :(

Feb 08, 2016
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Allergy like symptoms
by: Anonymous

I too have had similar issues. It seems worse from November-March (I live in Chicago), but as soon as I wake up my nose runs, I sneeze a lot and my eyes water (occasionally). As the day goes on it usually gets better. But I'd say I have this routine at least 4 times a week. I feel run down, like I have been battling a cold forever! It sux but I can't sleep without the mask (I use the swift fx nasal pillows).

This is the second Winter in a row now. I take allergy medication, but that doesn't seem to help much. I plan to call my ent soon to see what else I can do!

Feb 14, 2016
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help with runny nose
by: Ddmcd

I talked to my dr. and he said common reaction and may go down over time. in the meantime, a friend recommended turning down the humidity and temperature- worked for him and surprisingly helped for me!

I thought it was better to keep the settings higher to avoid sinus problems but it's the opposite for some reason. also use regular old vasoline, which helps. I'm getting a new mask, not a nose pillow- to see if that makes a difference.

Feb 14, 2016
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Sneezing remedy
by: CDS

I got tested for allergens and it came out negative for most. The allergist recommended Ponaris, a nasal emollient and I have been good since. Thanks Doctor :-)

Feb 20, 2016
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Can't believe I waited this long
by: Anonymous

I can't believe I've waited this long to inquire about the CPAP machine being the cause of my rapid fire sneezing and runny nose.

I've had a love hate relationship with my CPAP for over a year now. Some nights I would do pretty well, other nights it was a reselling match where I felt like I was suffocating, couldn't exhale, and I would rip it off my face in frustration.

I considered it a good night if I kept it on for 4 or 5 hours. I definitely felt more rested during the day when I used it, so I continued to try. When I developed the sneezing and runny nose symptoms I was convinced we had a mold problem in the house.

Then a friend of mine asked if I changed the filter on my machine. I thought, "Aha, that's it!" I always thoroughly washed my hose and nose piece every morning but forgot about the filter, But alas that wasn't the answer. When it was time to replace my equipment I did.

I liked the new hose they sent me because it has vent holes making it easier to exhale, so I didn't feel like I was suffocating. Nevertheless I was still sneezing!

Now we come to last night when I googled my inquiry and found so many others with the same problem. I didn't use the CPAP last night so we'll see how it goes. No sneezing so far, although I know it takes a few days to go away completely.

I don't know what I'm going to do. I have a heart murmur because of a leaky valve and the sleep apnea doesn't help with that, not to mention the fatigue that will build. Could it be because I use the nose pillows instead of the full mask?

I will start by making an appointment with my doctor and go from there. Good luck to you all in this boat with me.

Feb 29, 2016
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Same boat
by: Eric K

I have the same issue as well. Since November I have woken up (most days) to a runny nose, cough, watery eyes. I have been on cpap now for four years but have really only slept thru the night with my madk on for the last two years.

Prior to two years ago I never was a seasonal allergy sufferer. But since sleeping thru the night with my mask on the last two Winters, it has been terrible. I have talked to every dr that was associated with getting me on cpap and none have had anyone else with this issue. So, I was happy to find this forum and know I am not crazy/alone.

The last two weeks I have experimented by sleeping without the mask a few days. And not shockingly, no runny nose or sneezing or coughing when I wake up. I sleep fine without the mask, but It's a tradeoff because I know I will feel tired during the day at some point.

It's a catch-22. But at this point I'd rather feel tired during the day then feel like I am fighting a cold all day!!!!

Hopefully some sort of solution is discovered, cause this sux!!

Feb 29, 2016
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sneezing and runny nose
by: jvsaints

I'm glad I am not the only person with this problem. Suggestions from the PA in my doctor's office was to use the Netti pot or try various decongestants. I do respond to Sudafed but prior to the CPAP use, I didn't need to use it. I bought the nasal emollient Ponaris and that has not made any difference for me.

I'm curious why more of us have not been helped by our providers. We will not continue the CPAP if we have symptoms like this. I stopped using my CPAP years ago because I didn't get support from the medical community concerning discomfort. They seemed to rely on the medical hardware community and there was no support there either. Do we just wing it by trial and error?

Mar 04, 2016
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Not alone
by: Sunny

This issue is a dilemma for cpap users who have no other options to treat our apnea! I've been on the machine for almost 2 years and have suffered through the allergic-like reaction every now and then ... It's awful!! We need alternative treatment options!

Mar 07, 2016
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6 year user
by: HappyValley

I have been using a CPAP for over 6 years and this was the first winter I have had the severe sneezing and runny nose. I never really tied it to my CPAP but my wife found this link and I am glad to hear the comments here.

I usually don't use the humidity as we keep the house well humidified and I got a new hi-tech machine a year ago with the heated hoses, but still don't use the humidity. In fact, I have a travel machine which I used for 3 weeks this winter and didn't seem to have the symptoms with it.

I tried the neti pot nasal rinses for several and saw NO difference, but did get a severe cold after I used it (probably not related). I have even used Himalyan salts in the water container. That seemed to help at first but now makes no difference. I will try the lanolin and start the humidity again and clean ny hoses and masks more frequently..

Mar 07, 2016
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Back to nsal dripping again
by: CDS

I was using Ponaris and was well for a few days. Now I am back to nasal dripping and sneezing dilemma again. Will have to contact the sleep doc, Has anyone tried Zyppa?

Mar 26, 2016
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Soooo
by: Eric K

I took the last 2.5 weeks off from using my cpap and slept VERY well during that time. More importantly, I felt 100% during the day...no sneezing, running nose, coughing...snd I never felt tired during the day or at night.

Last night I tried using the mask again....new filter, new mask, new hose......was able to sleep for about 4 hours before waking. Slept the rest of the night without it....awoke to a sneezing attack a little congestion in the nose. That was it though, the rest of the morning I have felt fine.

Bottom line, I am now 100% convinced the machine and/or mask causes sinus issues that over time make me feel sick all day long. I want to go get another sleep study to see if maybe my apnea has gotten better over time.....maybe I have taught myself to breath better? Mmy insurance won't allow for it until 5 years have passed from my previous study....which was 4 years ago.

In the mean-time I will keep trying on and off. I believe I have developed seasonal allergies as I turned 40. They were never terrible though, but because the cpap opens up my sinuses it makes the allergies that much worse.....just a guess.

This really sux!!!

Mar 30, 2016
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Sinus trouble
by: Mary

Sorry but the lanolin makes it worse. From irritated sinus every 2 or 3 days now it's every single day. Plus lanolin is hard to find.

Apr 24, 2016
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Ivory Soap
by: Eric K

Wondering if this could be the cause of my cold like symptoms. I tried a loaner machine for two weeks to rule in/out that the machine is the culprit. I still woke up with the same issues so I have now ruled out the machine.

The only other thing I could think of is the ivory soap I use to clean the mask! I replace all the equipment again and did not clean the new mask with ivory soap before using. And how only rinsed the mask with warm tap water after the first two nights of use. So far so good as I have had no symptoms!!!

Let's see if it continues.....

May 11, 2016
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almost 4 years on Bipap
by: Jamie

I got diagnosed Jan of 2013 with symptoms of Sleep Apnea. At first I was on Oxygen as well as Bipap machine. We went through 4 masks- 2 full face and 2 nasals. I went away from Full Face because I was getting blisters on my nose. It was such a fight, I didn't wear it like i was suppose to at first, but the last 2 years I have been wearing it like I am suppose to--every night. I have Philips Respironics Bipap Avaps machine with Swift Fx Nasal pillow mask in XS. This winter/allergy season has been the worst. I have been fighting sneezing as soon as the mask comes off, my bags under my eyes seem to have gotten worse, some mornings my face looks swollen and like I got beaten up. I clean my hoses, masks, and filters once a week. I have just started trying wearing it loose to the point where it feels like the mask will fall off my head and out of my nose. I have changed the water holder everyday, cleaning it everyday. I have had decongestants, steroid shots, antibiotics, nothing is helping. I have an appointment with my sleep center dr on the 23rd.

May 11, 2016
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Did not work
by: Eric K

Only lasted three nights until the flu like sumptoms came back. Have stopped using cpap cold turkey for three weeks now and feel fine. Going in for a sleep study in a few weeks to see where I am at without using it. My next step would be to try a dental appliance...

The only thing that makes sense now is that the pressure from the cpap irritates my sinuses and most nights which leads to the flu like symtoms. Because of that, I doubt I will ever use it again.

Jul 03, 2016
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Sneezing and congestion
by: Wonderman

I seem to only have this problem with my traveling CPAP and it's only occasionally. I have never had a problem this problem with my CPAP that I leave at home.

I often wonder whether it has to do with the air in different areas .The first time experience that was in traveling to New Zealand. And then it's only been occasional throughout North America.

I sometimes suspect that it has something to do with the humidity, Florida is home but I've had problems traveling throughout the state as well. I do tend to keep the room a little cooler when I travel and that usually removes some of the humidity.

Certainly is frustrating sometimes it takes three or four days to shake it completely?.

Jul 03, 2016
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Mis-Diagnosis
by: Eric K

So after four frustrating years of using CPAP I finally got my insurance company to allow for another sleep study.

The first one I had showed 27 ahi and now....4 years later 1 ahi!!! My doctor was stunned and dug into the results from 4 years ago vs this one. Turns out the people and computer reading the results were considering things (such as brainwave shocks) as events when they should not have.

I am a very light sleeper, so the tiniest sound will cause me to be alert....not always wake.....but maybe move which will trigger an "event". My doctor went through both studies and determined that while I may be prone to apnea....I do not suffer from it now. So the reason for my bad reaction to the CPAP was that I was getting too much air!!

the good news is that while using cpap it did teach me how to breath through my nose instead of my mouth. Because of this, I find that I do not snore any longer and am getting a much better sleep! So at least something good came from it all.

Jul 26, 2016
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Me too
by: JungleJane

So happy to found a reason for my swollen sinuses and runny nose within a couple of minutes of taking my mask off. If I need to take the mask off during the night I try to be quick and get it back on before my nose runs.

Then it can take till mid afternoon before it's clear and by bed I'm right to put mask on again. I've ended up with too many sinus infections from inflamed and badly drained sinuses after using neti pot. Even having sinus surgery.

Can't wait to find a Cpap solution, a relief to think it's not our beautiful new house with hidden mould.

Jul 29, 2016
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Me too
by: Anonymous

Add me to the list of nose running in the morning. I go through tissues like crazy. Has anyone tried the dental devise that I just heard about from the dentist? I have been on c-pap for about 10 years and am tired of the headache in the morning and running nose and watery eyes.

Aug 13, 2016
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Sneezing just started after 15 years using CPAP
by: Merl

I have been using a CPAP machine for about 15 years I have always used a nasal mask and have never had a problem.

About 18 months ago I decided to try a nasal pillow mask with 2 prongs going into my nose, after 1 night I sneezed and my nose ran for about 3 weeks.

Didn't use it again. decided about 4 months ago to try the dreamwear nasal pillow, it was wonderful as was so light etc.

things went fine until 3 weeks ago when I started sneezing and my nose running and in absolute misery, didn't think it was the mask as was fine for some time.

I am now back to my old nasal mask, still miserable but hoping it will stop soon, have ordered an Aclaim 2 nasal mask to see how I go.

It was so great to find this forum and to know that it is actually the mask causing this. I hope we can find a solution so we can all live normal lives again.

Aug 23, 2016
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Sneezing runny nose, miserable
by: Lori

So glad I ran across this page, I too am waking up with sneezing , runny nose, and just plain miserable.

Took me a while to put two and two together , but wanted to make sure it just wasn't me. I sure hope they find what causes this because I have only been using my CPAP for two months and really need to be using it.

I stopped because I was tired of being miserable all day. Thanks for all the feedback , l feel like I'm sain again, lol

Sep 03, 2016
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Nasal pillow sympyoms
by: CDH

I have never had allergies before ever until I started using a cpap machine. I have noticed a trend in reading through people's comments. We all use the nasal pillows! I am going to try switching to a wisp mask and see if that solves it. I will repost after a trial. Peace out :)

Sep 03, 2016
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Definitely is caused by Nasal pillows
by: Merl

After using a Nasal mask for over 20 years with no problem, within 3 months of using a nasal pillow started sneezing and miserable all day have changed back to nasal mask, still suffering but hope this will pass is getting less severe.

Dr looked in my nose and said she could see all the veins was red raw, told me to use PawPaw ointment to allow it to heal, this has worked in allowing my nose to heal.

As most sufferers seem to use nasal pillows, I would suggest you give a nasal mask a try, may take some time but worth a try.

Good luck everyone, I sympathize with all of you!

Sep 09, 2016
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Cpap sneezies
by: April

My husband and I both use cpap machines. He has used one for 15 years and I'm on my first year. I have the same issue as all of you, constant sneezing and runny eyes and nose. My hubby says it dries him out. He has zero issues. We have the same machine and neither use heat or water. Has anyone found something that works? I'm going mad!

Sep 16, 2016
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Me too and why didn't the tech tell me everyone has the problem
by: Curious and afflicted

Thank god for this web site. My problem, sneezing, runny nose, irritated eyes, puffy eyes. Heated water, all of the above. Crazy days writhing with sneezes.

Has anyone tried a nasal spray that would dry out the back of the throat and address the runny nose and sneezes? Saw an ad on TV tonight and thought Wow! Maybe that would work?

Popping a Benadryl sounds like using a blunderbuss to kill a flea, with all of the side effects. But, maybe it might work as well.

Any other options or solutions? Opinions?

Sep 18, 2016
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Cpap user for 5 nights
by: Karen SC

I started 5 nights ago with my machine. Today is Sunday and I have ran a low grade fever. My sinuses are driving me crazy. Dry throat, sneezing. It's as if I'm getting a cold or the flu.

I can't deal with this. I have Asthma, allergies, acid reflux and I'm prone to sinus infections. This machine has made me feel worse! Calling the dr in the morning. I don't need this.

I can't deal with feeling like I have a sinus infection all the time. Thank God for this forum!! No one told me the machine would make me feel like this.

I feel like a train hit me. Headaches too.... thanks everyone for posting!!

Sep 19, 2016
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Cpap allergic reactions gone after cleaning machine internals with alcohol on filter then running it.
by: Anonymous

I had no allergies,and thoroughly enjoyed my cpap machine until about 8 months. Mild then severe allergic reactions progressed until I realized that the only component not cleaned was the internals of the machine.

I cleaned the machine by using about a teaspoon of alcohol on the sponge filter, ran it for 2-3 hours.

My allergic reactions subsided immediately and now I repeat this procedure about every 2-3 weeks.

I live in the east side on the big island of Hawaii and everyone here deals with moss and mold due to our humidity and wet climate.
Insurance, doctors and even medical suppliers of cpap machines don't have a clue.

Question I have are many...do these companies recycle machines and pass them on to unsuspecting patients?

There is a very stringent cleaning and replacement regimen regards to hoses, nasal pillows, etc...but what about the machines?
Of course the internals of the machine gets moldy and bacteria at some point within the 5 year replacement period...why does that not need the same quality of care?

Sep 26, 2016
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Still Running....
by: Runny

I have the same issue as the rest. It takes me 3-4 days of antihistamines for the sneezing and runny nose to stop. I have stayed off my machine of a few months but am back to being exhausted during the day and having to nap at work.

No one on this forum seems to come up with a real source of the problem nor a real solution. My family doctor tells me I am not allergic to the machine or mask and that its just caused by a reaction to the air blowing on my sinuses. He suggested flonase, a nasal steroid consistently. But the symptoms continued. I am at a loss still.

Did anyone else try running the machine with alcohol in the filter? Did that continue to work for the person who suggested it?
Don't feel so all alone but the problem is not solved.

Oct 12, 2016
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FRUSTRATED
by: Anonymous

I have had the runny nose, congestion and sneezing since I started to use the CPAP. Also, there are nights when my nose/sinuses burn while using the machine. My family physician gave me a shot for allergies....well guess what it did not work!

I wash my hose, nose pillow and filters weekly. Recently I started checking the filters and they are BLACK within a few days of washing them.

Furthermore, I am just as tired now as I was before being put on the CPAP machine.


Nov 10, 2016
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Thank Heavens
by: Cathyc7

I thought it was seasonal allergies. I tested with no allergies. I have used. a CPAP for 18 months and like it. However the runny nose and sneezing started a few months ago. It is driving me crazy. At least I know why now. I clean my nasal pillows, tubing and water container weekly with Respikit stuff. I think it works OK. I had humidity at 4. Based on what I have read I will try reducing it. I use Neilmec nasal rinse nightly.

Bless you all for writing in. This is the most helpful discussion I have read. Best wishes to you all.

Nov 14, 2016
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It was the nasal pillows
by: Anonymous

I had severe symptoms when I first began using a cpap
Nose dripped like a faucet
I sneezed almost continually to the point of incontinence and a severe head ache.

My provider had me switch from nasal pillows to an over the nose mask.

Problems resolved almost immediately.

Nov 30, 2016
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Sneezing and Runny nose everyday.
by: Anonymous

I have had the machine for two months and the symptoms sneezing and constant runny nose since I started. The machine broke down for two days and the sneezing stopped and runny nose stopped.

I don't want to stop using my machine but a daily sinus attack is horrible. I want to purchase the soclean to help cleaning, but it sounds like a waste if so many are having the same issues and cleaning the equipment as recommended.

Is the trade off for a good nights rest worth being sick everyday? Good luck to all and I will follow to find a solution. I will try some of those listed in this forum. Thanks all.

Dec 03, 2016
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Same problem
by: Diane

Starting using my cpap about 6 years ago. I've always used masks that just went over my nose, never nose pillows. I have all the symptoms that everyone else on here are having but they use to only happen several times a year.

I had assumed I was having a short lived cold at those times. But as the years went on, these episode got more frequent and I finally figured it out, it was from my cpap machine. This past year has been the worst.

I'm getting these allergy like symptoms once a week. I thought it was my house but it happens when I'm staying elsewhere too. So I found this site. I can't sleep without my mask because I snore and wake myself. So I really need it.

I can't believe there's no answers to this problem from the sleep experts.
Very frustrating.

Dec 23, 2016
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nasal pillow user with same problem as everyone else on this page
by: Mike O

wow. this is a great page. i also use a nasal pillow, the swift fx. have been using it for about 10 years. i don't use the humidifier. started getting severe sinus problems recently. stopped using it for about a week. thought i had a cold. today i thought i'd give it another try because my nose felt a lot better. i woke up about an hour ago at 3 am. my eyes were bright red. started sneezing huge sneezes for about 30 minutes. nose running like crazy. after about an hour i took an anti-allergy pill. sneezing stopped and nose stopped running. in the morning, my nose drips a lot and i never really connected that to the cpap machine. now i can finally make that connection. i'll have to call my doctor and the supplier. i wonder if i could get a hepa filter for the machine.

Dec 23, 2016
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Reduce air pressure for relief from sneezing, runny nose
by: C Forbes

I posted a while ago that I too was suffering from the continuous sneezing and runny nose syndrome.

The tech reduced the air pressure. I let my nasal passages return to normal pre-CPAP, and resumed for the last several days.

Eureka! No problems and a lot better sleep. IN fact, for the first time in memory, I slept entirely through the night without getting up or waking up. Felt a lot stronger and wide awake. And zero sneezing or runny nose.




Dec 31, 2016
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Thanks !!
by: Tom

I have used the machine sporadically for a couple of years. Did not have any " runny nose , sneezing " issues until the last 6 months and at least it's comforting to know I am not alone. I am going to get a second opinion, from a different sleep clinic as a starting point. Thanks everyone!

Dec 31, 2016
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Cured
by: Anonymous

I was having the same flu like symptoms every morning after 4 years of being on cpap. I decided to stop using the machine for a month, and it was the best month of sleep I've had in a year! I finally forced the doctor to let me get another sleep study to see if my apnea had gone away, and low and behold, no events!!! Turns out that by going on cpap and learning to breath through my nose, it helped get rid of my apnea....at least for now. And since my apnea was gone, I was getting too much air at night with the machine which was causing the flu like symptoms.

Not sure if this will help anyone else, but thought I would share.

Jan 02, 2017
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Me too1
by: Anonymous

Happy New Year to all!
I have to add my "me too" to all of yours. I had been using the nasal cover until about six months ago and stopped because of the deep, unsightly bruise marks it left on my face next to both sides of my nose. Since then I.ve been using the pillows. From the beginning, I started having discomfort, the fit seemed to be the problem at first, but then irritation and now free-flowing runny nose, persistent sneezing, puffy face, bags under my very red, itchy, blurry eyes. Earlier today I felt as if my symptoms were morphing into a really bad flu-like condition. Hundreds of tissues later, Ive been wondering whether its something in the material used in the mask or tubing. Our sleep doctors must have heard this story lots of times, as well as ENT's, etc. My very first New Year's resolution is to call my Sleep and ENT doctors tomorrow. I have to quit CPAP for now. Im glad I discovered this site.

Jan 02, 2017
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Have tech reduce the power setting
by: Anonymous

My tech reduced the volume/force of air from 14 to 8. My nightmare ended. No continuous sneezing or runny nose the next day. Clear all day and I sleep a lot better.

Jan 03, 2017
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Going from 14 to 8
by: Anonymous

Is a HUGE difference. I am shocked the doctors would allow that without a new sleep study. If you can go can get that big a drop and sleep better, I wonder if you even have apnea anymore.

Jan 16, 2017
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Sneezefest Started at 9 Years of Use
by: Rich

I replaced my hose and mask on a semi-regular basis and cleaned the humidifier tank weekly. Everything was great for 9 years. Then, out of nowhere, the Sneezefest started. My myriad of allergies made it harder to pinpoint, but eventually I traced it definitively to the CPAP machine.

I then discovered the machine had a filter I didn't know existed. I pulled it out, and it had a thick layer of filth. After scraping the dirt off and rinsing the remainder in hot water, I tried it again. Still Sneezy.

At this point, I think I'm just going to retire the machine and go without one. I'd have to go through another sleep study to get a new machine, since it has been so long since my original study. And, for some reason, I sleep better now than I did 10 years ago.


Jan 18, 2017
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Reducing air pressure didn't work for me
by: Anonymous

Hi Everyone, My last post was on 12/23. Yesterday, I checked back in and saw C Forbes post about Reducing air pressure for relief from sneezing, runny nose. It sounded like a great idea so I had my doctor reduce my machine's max air pressure from 11 psi to 8 psi. I turned the machine on when i got home from work and took a 40 minute nap. The reduced pressure felt good. But, today I'm having a huge problem with my nose and sinuses. So, I'm going to stop using the machine again and I'm going to see an ear nose and throat doc to see what he says. i used my machine for about 6 years before i started having these problems. Thank you.

Feb 06, 2017
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Using CPAP now having sneezing, coughing, itching in nostril all day, starting to effect my breathing
by: BendiAnonymous

I have been having extremely difficulties dealing with "allergy like symptoms". I begin continuos sneezing shortly after removing my CPAP mask in the morning. As the day progresses I have paroxysmal prolonged sneezing/and coughing. I am having lateral chest pain from coughing. I am treating my symptoms with OTCs. The OTC effects/benefits. I am doing everything that is mentioned on various websites regarding to care of my CPAP equipment.are minimal. These symptoms took some of the fun out of my ski vacation 2 years ago.

Feb 07, 2017
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Sneezing and nasal drip
by: Anonymous

I can't stand the sneezing and nasal drip and thinking I'm better off not using machine at all,
I've had a pacemaker so perhaps I don't even need it

Feb 07, 2017
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Same as
by: Diva

Every morning I wake with a running nose sneezing plus a red and sore nose,
I have had a pacemaker and wonder do I still need to use this machine as instead of making me feel better it's doing the exact opposite

Feb 10, 2017
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Coughing, wheezing, runny nose
by: Anonymous

I have been using my cpap for 7 years. Last november i began waking up wheezing. I have nasal pillows. I changed out the hardware and my wheezing has got so bad that I need an inhaler. Going to the gym and breathing wet sauna helps. Every morning my eyes are swollen, watery, extreme coughing and lots of fluid out of my nose and throat. Had a lung study and lungs are fine. I took benadryl before bed a few nights and that seemed to help some but it makes me feel like crap. I even thought I had pneumo ia back in December. I took a zpack for ten days and it seemed to clear something up as I felt better but the cough and runny nose and swollen eyes continued every morning and subsided by night unless i go to the sauna and that clears it up until the next morning. I was thinking maybe there is mold in the machine itself is that possible?

Feb 10, 2017
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Coughing, wheezing, runny nose
by: Anonymous

Continued....I love in the Portland Oregon area. Seems we all started symptoms around fall. Does any one else live in a forest type geography?

Feb 14, 2017
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question please
by: nasal faucet

Im hip to everything posted here and I'm fed up like all of you are. I am thinking to change to a non-pillow mask. Two people posted that they went back to a nasal mask, They said it was some better but hadn't eliminated the problem yet. I've not seen a post about full face mask users having this problem, Also whether or not those who switched back to the nasal mask, finally were symptom free. Ive tried every tip on here and nothing has helped

I'm going to either stop using my CPap, or buy a nasal mask or full face mask, Im not sure which to get, and both are not in the budget, Does anyone on this thread have any feedback on long term change or FFM?

Feb 24, 2017
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How could so many of us have this problem
by: Mark Visalli

With so many of us having these adverse reactions I wonder how beneficial this whole treatment is. Sounds like the big business of the CPAP industry and the revenue sleep centers make overshadows the side effects of these machines. It's gotten to where I can't function with the sneezing and the runny nose non can I function with out sleeping. Aside from putting Vaseline up your nose which does little to nothing. this website has offered no advice so it is as usless as my ENT and Sleep center doctors

Mar 13, 2017
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switched to full mask - very happy now
by: Mike O

hi everyone, i posted on 12/23/16 as mike o and on 1/18/17 as anonymous.

i stopped using my nasal pillow on 1/18/17. and did not use cpap until 3/7/17 when i finally got fitted with a fisher&paykel full face mask. i'm very happy with it. i feel like my problems are solved.

Mar 14, 2017
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Sneezing and runny nose allday
by: Chad306

I have had the same problem for a long time and it was devastating. I have tried everything from nasal ointment to Allegra to Benadryl. However, I have been off the problem since a month. Steps:
1) Humidity set to 5.
2) clean the tube every morning and let it hang dry.
3) clean the inside of the mask with warm soap water and wipe dry everyday.
4) use new distilled water everyday.
Hope it helps.

Mar 17, 2017
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Runny nose n sneezing.
by: Esther

I've been having the same problems. Cleaned all the tubing n accessories yet the excess line nasal drip n sneezing didn't stop unless I stopped using the cpap. Was sent to an ENT doc who referred me to a facial reconstruction doctor.
Yeah the sleep institute are into selling the cpaps and I wished I wouldn't have wasted my money there.
This specialist took ct scan and knows that my jaw hinges are the reason for my severe sleep apnea. Almost 2 years of crap with the cpap. Both my jaws have to be broken and advanced so I can breathe normally at night. I have nice straight teeth with a slight overbite and not overweight.
Never imagined there was anything wrong with my jaw hinges but so looking forward to having it fixed in a couple of months so I can breathe feel rested and regain my memory functions.
Worst than feeling tired always is the short term memory loss. It's embarrassing and scary.

Mar 21, 2017
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same problem
by: Joe

Thanks to whoever created this forum. I used a full mask and a nasal mask for 2 years with no problems. Switched to nasal pillows and liked them alot - except that like everyone else I began with the nasal drip and sneezing. I never had allergies and it is nothing like I've ever experienced!

I'm horrible about cleaning my mask. I leave the unit on an extra 1/2+ hour each morning to blow dry air through it and have never had a problem in 2 years. I never use the humidifier since humidity is at good levels in my home.

It's all about the nasal pillows I'm convinced. I slept without the machine a few nights ago and symptoms were seriously diminished. I'm going back to the full mask and will post back if the condition improves.

Mar 29, 2017
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Count me in
by: Peggy

Just started CPAP and coincidentally started with the runny nose and sneezing. I am thinking I should try a mask instead of the nasal pillows. The sleep is way better but my nose is driving me crazy!

Mar 30, 2017
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aromatherapy
by: Peggy

Has anyone tried aromatherapy near your CPAP machine? I heard about this recently and wondered if it would help. Comments please :)

Apr 02, 2017
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Filter and sneezing... NEW
by: Dan

Well, I've been using my Cpap for around 9 yrs. No humidifier here. But what I have found is the filters are very small for all that air volume at a high rate.

This is what I've done.

I'm a side sleeper so I tuck my hose right against my body for warmth. Helped tremendously.

Next my wife came up with a brilliant idea. Put the ENTIRE machine in a cotton pillow case and tie it off. You now have a huge filter that catches the dust better because the high volume of air passes through very very slowly, trapping the dust better. And, all you do is throw it in the washer and no more expensive filters to buy as well! It was an overnight remedy that worked for me amazingly.

Let me know if it works for you. oopsperfect@hotmail.com

Apr 05, 2017
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Add one more to the list... NEW
by: SideSleeper NosePillow

I have the same issue of runny nose and sneezing during the day. I think I have isolated it to nights when my nose pillow mask comes partially off during the night. When it comes loose, the CPAP blows dry air at high velocity straight into your nose. My theory is that my nose dries out from "sleeping in front of a fan" syndrome. This causes my sinuses to become irritated and dry beyond what I can reverse with nasal irrigation the next day. So one cure will be to make sure the mask doesn't come off in the night. I've asked my wife to wake me if she hears in hissing. I'm also going to tighten it down better to make sure come loose. Maybe some lanolin or petroleum jelly on my nostrils would help create a tighter seal. The second thing I'm going to try will be to rinse my sinuses each night before bed AND in the morning. 10-15 squirts from a saline bottle in each nostril should help keep it moist. Anyone care to join me in my experiment? Post results...

Apr 06, 2017
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Sensitive nostril NEW
by: Anonymous

I have been sneezing for months. I find that my nostrils are so sensitive to even the wind.
What do you clean your machine with?

Apr 17, 2017
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Follow-up to 1/16/2017 Post NEW
by: Rich

So, it had been three full months without the CPAP. While the sneezing was gone and I was sleeping better than before I had the CPAP, I was not sleeping as well as the first 8+ years with the CPAP.

I did some more research and regardless of how scrupulously one has cleaned the machine and the various components, the humidifier tank has a five-year useful life. Even though I had used distilled water virtually every time and cleaned it frequently, I still had ten years of accumulated deposits.

Luckily, there is still a tank being manufactured that fits my ancient machine. I bought it, hooked it up, and all is well again with my CPAP: no sneezing, restful sleep.

Apr 22, 2017
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Full facel mask NEW
by: Anonymous

Ok i have the same problem, i slept in a Lazy Boy recliner and no water, sleep good and no flu like symptoms, it does dry my nose out little bit thou, been to the doctor and they want to put me on all kinds of meds,spent alot of time and money, to no cure, i am glad i found this site
I am glad i am not crazy and not alone on this matter

May 16, 2017
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Change in Weight NEW
by: Connie (Canada)

Does losing weight effect your ahi's?

May 16, 2017
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Change in Weight NEW
by: Connie (Canada)

Does losing weight effect the pressure needed in the CPAP machine?
Also, I notice when my tank runs dry during the night and I'm breathing dry air, that is when I have the running nose, cold like symptoms.
My tank only holds so much water.

May 17, 2017
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Thanks for the great ideas NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Dan, how do you go with the pillow case over the whole machine, I love the idea that it acts as an extra filter that can be regularly washed, particularly as my machine is closer to the floor. Do you ever worry about over heating or electrical concerns?
I use a nasal mask and find if my head is slightly inclined and I have the humidifier and hose warmer sock on, then the nasal drips are greatly reduced.

Also considering the idea of putting alcohol on the filter and running it for a bit. I live in Cairns AUS(rainforest/tropics) where mould thrives so undoubtedly there is mould in the internals of the cpap machine.
Thankyou to the person who started this thread.

May 28, 2017
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Nasal Pillow masks the problem? NEW
by: Anonymous

I have used the Nose masks and never had the sneezing and runny nose problem before. Recently changed to Pillow mask and I to cant stop the sneezing or runny nose. I am going back to Nasal Mask. I have been awake since 4am sneezing etc and in desperation googled to find this sight. Read every post and it appears the pillow mask is or maybe the cause? I loved the idea of the pillow as less head gear & more comfortable but not worth it with the after math. Will update my findings. Thanks to all here letting me know I am not alone with this. Good sleep to all. 💖

Jun 05, 2017
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Motor Cushion Dessicating and being sucked into hose NEW
by: Paul

Please be careful. I have had my Respironics machine with filter and water heater for about 6 years; i went to Dr Kenny Pang on Orchard Road in Singapore because of significant flutter which 27 doctors could not diagnose (i still haven't been disagnosed with flutter, which i am very grateful for). Dr Pang, a sleep apnea specialist, had me pay $1200 for a consultation and his treatment, which consisted of using a PAT wrist-worn portable machine to disagnose my sleep apnea via arterial pressure (not very accurate); and the result as AHI of 23. He said he did not sell cpap machines; but he had access to a supplier...and the cost was $4500 (maybe not including the mask, which was $500). I could not afford this, and found a new machine on Amazon for $1000. I had it shipped into Singapore and paid the Singapore government $312 or so in GST (in spite of the fact their local suppliers are utterly ruthless and not competitive). I used the cpap machine for about six months and felt so much better (and my flutter/severe palps/arrythmia) subsided. I was able to avoid using the machine entirely for the next two years. This year (2017), some flutter has returned (i am fairly sure my sleep apnea is real; but it's linked to the structure of my throat and i am not sure how to resolve it). I started using the machine and after a week or two, noticed many black specks around the nasal pillows and in the tubing. I thought maybe the rear (black) filter had started dessicating; but to my horror, this was not the case. I opened the machine, after viewing some instructions online, and found that the plastic cushion foam the motor sits on had begun dessicating and had been sucked into the tubing, in many tiny pieces. I do not know for how long this has been happening; but i now know why i started sneezing and having a severely itchy nose, about an hour after i fell asleep. Please! check your Respironics machine (mine is an auto cpap/bipap) and check whether the rubberised/plastic cushion the motor is sitting on has started falling apart. I took several photos and i am considering making a complaint to Respironics, for poor design. Please be careful! I have no idea whether the cushion material is toxic or not; but it certainly should not be in my lungs!

Jun 05, 2017
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Advised to use Nasal Spray NEW
by: Anonymous

Just a follow up on my last post re pillow nasal mask, nose running and sneezing. I had trialed a new Brelvida Mask when the problem started. I called the firm who loaned me the trial one who said to use a nasal spray prior to using the mask which should stop the symptoms. I am not into nasal sprays so have reordered a frame part for my Pilaro mask to retry as I had no problems with that one. If that brings on the nose runs & sneezes I will go back to the nose mask which never caused me any problems.
Good luck with your situation/s.
Regards
from Australia

Jun 25, 2017
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Feel like one of the 7 Dwarves! NEW
by: D2

Blessed with good health, no allergies, maybe a mile head cold every 10-15 years. But a very short neck, small jaw, normal adult tongue caused snoring. Removal of uvula was a horrible, worthless decision. Diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, although never had daytime sleepiness... was the energizer bunny. Snoring and bouts of not breathing affected my husband's sleep, so I went onto CPAP. Hated it... mostly hated the mask and constricted movements of being tethered to a machine. Woke feeling sleepier than prior to going to bed. Like many, was not compliant so I could function during the day. Promised husband I would start using as soon as I stopped working when daytime sleepiness/funk wouldn't cause problems. So March of 2017 started using CPAP machine with nasal mask following standard cleaning procedures. Compliant for 6+ hrs/night of poor sleep, followed by another 1.5-2 hrs without cpap getting good deep sleep kept me going. Now on Medicare which required a repeat sleep study prior to approving Rx for mask/machine supplies. Still mild apnea, but MD wrote for an APAP machine with nasal pillows. Several mask types adjustments (Dreamware, Bella, Swift FX, Swife FX for her) still not getting a good fit without leaks. Leaks (I believe) are cause of machine ramping to highest APAP setting which not only dries me out (despite heated tubing with humidification) but also causes air to puff my face out like a puffer fish blowing air through my throat into my mouth and out my lips causing a gale which wakes my husband and me. I can lay awake then, molars touching and jaws closed, laughing annoyedly to myself as my face blows up until the pressure parts my lips and blows the air out. Result: Frequent awakenings, dry mouth and throat. Worse still, I've been sneezing so hard and loud it's embarrassing; Multiple blasts in a row with the sensation of an oncoming sneeze seldom leaving; followed by so much profuse clear mucous and nose blowing, I look like Rudolph; Hot, clear, runny fluid sometimes just pouring out of my nostrils; streaming eyes; burning interior of nostrils. These symptoms just happened to coincide with allergy warnings on the news, so I assumed at age 65 I had all of a sudden developed some kind of allergy. Four months later, I doubt that conclusion. Will visit my sleep doctor ASAP and request to go back to a Fisher and Paykel ICON machine that is set for a steady pressure of 8 but is able to provide the compliance data that my old F&P could not provide. And I will no longer use a nasal pillow of any kind. Oddly, in the past 4 months, there were 2 nights I did not use the new machine/pillows - once because of heavy lightening storm, the other was away from home. Both times, the sneezing/mucous/watering symptoms were not experienced the following day. We live and learn, don't we?

Jun 26, 2017
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runny nose NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,

This thread has been fantastic.I have a lot of allergies so I thought that my sudden onset of a continious runny nose was to do with that but then it kept on going, My partner suggested that it could be the machine.

I love my machine but at the moment it is driving me crazy. This problem has been happening for the last six months and I don't know what to do.

Anyone here using a F&P ICON machine and have you got any tips. My sleep specialist said to turn the humidity to 1 and to not have water in the machine but that is not really helping.

Thanks.


Jul 04, 2017
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Living with the nose pillows NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been living with the Cpap machine with nose pillows for almost 2 years now. Live and learn. I have gone through days sometimes weeks of continuous running nose, sneezing spells, etc - the usual symptoms.
What I have found works for me is to have very high humidity set on the machine (4-5 on my machine). This has reduced to almost eliminated the running nose/sneezing problems.
I can tell quickly when the machine runs out of water, as I can immediately feel the burning sensation begin in my nostrils (hot, dry air being pushed through the nostrils). If caught soon enough, I will normally only suffer one day of minor runny nose and sneezing.
For me, a high humidity setting in the machine has been the key to living with the Cpap with nose pillows.
Larry

Jul 14, 2017
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by: Anonymous

I have a ResMed cpap that was prescribed for me and began using it on night of June 28th. By the third day, I began having sneezing fits, runny noses and coughs. I clean the nasal pillow mask daily. Have changed the machine filter once. Washed the tubing, etc. as told in directions.
But I am still sneezing, runny nose, coughing.
Plus supporting the tissue industry single handed.
Any suggestions? I call the resmed tech who supplied me with this and she could offer no solutions other than "you'll adjust eventually."
So, can anyone else tell me what to do to get rid of this pesky problem?

Jul 29, 2017
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Sleep Apnea sinus issues NEW
by: MG

Hi. I sympathise with your problem and have experienced the same severe sinus reaction using my Apnea machine wich has a humidifier and heated tube. I clean my humidifier and nasal pillow mask every morning with clean water and dry with a soft clean cloth. I also wash the tube and head strap Every week. I have followed this cleaning procedure for four years.

Initially I tried every possible remedy including medications, sprays, oils and rinses. While my episodes were much less frequent than you describe they were equally severe. I seem to have pretty much solved the problem by adjusting the humidity control setting taking account of the natural humidity in the air. If there is high humidity I will set the humidifier to a lower setting and if it is low, I raise the setting. I also use a eucalyptus based nasal spray whenever I feel there might be a sinus issue starting.

I still seem to get an episode once or twice a year which will last a day or so. I believe the problem is basically caused by the air from the Apnea machine pushed through the nasal passages and drying out the sinuses because it is too hot and dry.

Aug 01, 2017
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CPAP user 14 days and counting NEW
by: Kathy B

Thank God for this site. My uncontrollable sneezing, burning nose, burning eyes started after the 2nd day of use. I haven't had allergies in 30 years but everyone attributed my symptoms to allergies. Why don't the doctors and medical supply companies tell people this could happen? We had to find out for ourselves. I am going to stay off CPAP for one night and see what happens. I am also going to send copies of this blog to my doctor and the medical supply team. I spoke to both of them, just today, and none of them mention this being a problem. They made it sound like I was crazy!!!!! Thank you everyone. I will let you know how I do with one night off.

Aug 05, 2017
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Same problem NEW
by: Sue

I Have had 8 sinus surgeries over my lifetime. the 5th of July when I started the use of a CPAP. I can only use about 4 hours at a time. Wakeup with my nose running like a faucet, roof of my mouth itches horribly, eyes burning, watering, and swollen. And sneezing violently thru the day now. Will call the doctor on Monday morning, but after reading here I am certainly not expecting any miracles. Oh, I have started to use Allegra every day with Sudafed off and on just to function. Life is shell.

Aug 05, 2017
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My results NEW
by: Kathy b

Hello everyone. Well I stayed off cpap for 24 hours and i was a new person. Barely an allergy symptom. See my first blog a few days ago. I turned up my humidity to 4 and coated the inside of my nose with Vaseline my nose was so damaged with the dry air being pumped up through it for over a week. The damage simulated allergies. I only reach for a tissue a few times a day while my nose heals on the inside. Vaseline works well. I even had to add it in the middle of the night recently. I called my doctor and cpap medical supply and told them they need to be more informed and gave them the name of the blog. How dare they act like they have never heard these stories before. We know our own bodies. Step up and tell them they need to be more informed. Good luck everyone.

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