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Is Your CPAP Machine Making You Sick?

Obstructive sleep apnea can interfere with a good night’s sleep, and it can also be detrimental to your health. When your doctor offered you a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, you may have thought it would solve everything. And maybe for a while, maybe it did. However, for some people, a CPAP machine can cause more problems than it solves. If you haven’t been feeling well lately, it may be your CPAP machine, and you may need to look into an alternative solution for your sleep apnea. Read on for some signs that your CPAP machine may be making you feel worse instead of better. 

  • Stomach pains and bloating are actually quite common in CPAP users, but this doesn’t make these symptoms any less annoying and painful. This is caused by air from the machine going into the stomach instead of the lungs.
  • CPAP machines can also cause skin irritations. You may be noticing acne, peeling skin, a rash, or just skin discomfort, caused by a dirty or ill-fitting mask.
  • A CPAP machine that isn’t cleaned thoroughly and properly can grow mold and bacteria. When you breathe these in, it can cause an asthma attack, a reactive airway disease, a sinus infection, or other lung problems.
  • Of course, if you have a CPAP machine that isn’t working right, you may notice you are tired all the time and that you are once again snoring – symptoms that the CPAP machine was supposed to get rid of.
  • Your mask may be causing you to have a frequent dry, stuffy nose, or even nosebleeds.
  • CPAPs not only cause physical problems but can cause mental problems as well – many people start to feel claustrophobic when wearing the mask, especially if it is a full-face mask.

If you haven’t been feeling well lately, your CPAP machine may just be the culprit. But you don’t have to deal with CPAP and all of the problems it can cause. There are alternatives – call eos dental sleep in Philadelphia. Dr. Marc Levin can give you other options besides a CPAP machine so you can sleep better and feel better. Call the office today at (215) 241-0700 for an appointment!