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CPAP-Risks and Cure of Side Affects

CPAP also known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a machine which will use air pressure to keep the air passageway open. This machine is the best non surgical treatment available in the market for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleeping problem which is characterized by abnormally low breathing caused due to an obstruction in the air passageway. Let us take a look at the risks of using this machine.

Risks of using CPAP:

When you use the CPAP machine, you may face any of the following risks:

  • Excessive dreaming while sleeping.
  • At times Nightmares may be present.
  • Congestion of the nose with sneezing.
  • Dry nose along with a sore throat.
  • Irritation on the skin on the face.
  • In rare cases, nose bleeds may be present.

You will experience a certain amount of discomfort when you newly start to use the CPAP machine.

A man facing discomfort while sleeping due to the CPAP machine

Relieving the Different Side Effects:

Based on the side effects that you face, your doctor may do the following:

  • The doctor may adjust the settings of the CPAP machine.
  • He or she may suggest a different mask which will fit you better and prevent air leakage.
  • The doctor may suggest a CPAP with a humidifier to lower the irritation.
  • You can also use a corticosteroid nasal spray to reduce nasal irritation.
  • Decongestants may also be prescribed if you have a runny or congested nose.




  1. Hmm, I am not really happy with my CPAP mask, I guess I am not the only one, thanks for the article.

    • your welcome. If you require any article on a specific topic, please do ask, and i will do the necessary research and write the article. 🙂

  2. I don’t know, I don’t have any of these issues with my CPAP

  3. for me i had irritation of the skin after using CPAP, I am not entirely cured of this so this was for me the worst consequence