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Is This Normal? Answers To the Most Common Questions CPAP Users Have

Is This Normal? Answers To the Most Common Questions CPAP Users Have

If you’ve been a CPAP user for a while, you’re probably familiar with the common issues that all new users eventually run into. Don’t worry – we have the answers to many of your frequently asked questions. This blog is your go-to guide when you’re unsure how to fix an issue with your equipment or are curious why something unusual is happening.  

Q: Do I need to bring my CPAP machine with me on short vacations or trips? 

A: Whether you’re going on a two-week vacation or a weekend trip, you should always bring your CPAP machine with you. Each night that you don’t do CPAP therapy, your lungs, heart, brain and other bodily systems are strained. Make sure you stick to therapy daily regardless of where you go. 

Q: Sometimes there’s water in my tubing when I wake up. Why does that happen? 

A: If there’s water in your mask or tubing, your humidifier is most likely on too high. Gradually increase your settings overtime if necessary but start on the first setting and go from there. 

Q: How often do I need to have my pressure settings adjusted? 

A: After you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and start CPAP therapy, it’s important to follow up with routine titrations. This means going to get pressure changes so optimum therapeutic levels are maintained. Depending on your physician, it’s normal to have your pressure settings adjusted every year or two. 

Q: Can I use any kind of water in my humidifier? 

A: In order to prevent the buildup of mineral deposits in your water chamber, make sure you always use distilled water in your humidifier. This will make a big difference in the life of your machine. 

Q: Do I need to change my CPAP filters frequently? 

A: You should change your CPAP filters once a month at least but changing it twice a month is even better. Make sure you change your filters if you notice any sort of discoloration. 

Q: I think my mask is leaking. How can I fix that? 

A: If your CPAP mask seems to be leaking, it’s probably because it doesn’t fit properly. Find a mask that is the right size and has the best seal for your face structure. Before you put your mask on, make sure your face is free from makeup or lotion. 

Q: Why am I still experiencing dry mouth even with my humidifier on? 

A: Talk to your doctor about your dry mouth and find out if he or she thinks any medications could be contributing to it. Another way to prevent dry mouth is to add a chinstrap to your headgear. This will keep you from having your mouth open as you sleep which will keep moisture in rather than letting it evaporate overnight. 

Do you have a question that we didn’t answer on this blog? Don’t worry! Simply contact us and we’d be happy to answer any of your further questions. Don’t forget to check out the CPAP equipment and other products we offer in our online catalog

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