Coughing and phlegm from CPAP machine?
(Pickering On Canada)
I have been using the machine for about a month now and I am finding that I have a constant cough and phlegm.
Is it possible that this is a side effect?
this problem is common in sleep apnea patients using CPAP therapy. Your nasal passages must get used to this pressured air hitting it.
You didn't say if you have a CPAP humidifier. The warm humid air may relieve the congestion - and this is also the main purpose of the humidifier.
However, some people use the humidifier at maximum level, and they start to feel the congestion and phlegm. So it's good to test the level of the humidifier every night until you will feel better.
If the humidifier is not the problem, it might be a chronic sinus infection, so you should discuss with your doctor.
Do you also have COPD, asthma or GERD...or developing it? These disorders can cause your problems. Check with a pulmonary doctor.
You should stop using the CPAP machine for a night or two until you get the congestion sorted. Contact your sleep doctor and get some medication to clear it up.
Beyond the fact that you probably don't have adequate humidification, you may be experiencing mouth leaks. You didn't say which type of mask you have...full face mask, nasal mask, or nasal pillows?
If you have mouth leaks, you should use a cpap chin strap
. You will feel the difference.
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I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide