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Congestion every morning after taking off the CPAP machine mask. Cause?

A short while after I wake up and take off my CPAP machine mask I fill with congestion ( throat and nose ), every morning. It lasts for a short period of time and then clears up, almost always for the rest of the day. It does not matter if I use water in the CPAP machine or not. When the air is more humid my symptoms aren t as bad or almost non-existent but I live in Colorado which is very dry. I do have a humidifier on my furnace but we have been in a draught for many, many years. My question is, can any of my congestion problems be attributed to my CPAP machine or is it just coincidental? Thanks, Larry Santucci 303-335-6703
Asked On : Fri, 11 Jan 2013
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The CPAP machine produces a continuous pressure in the airway which keeps the airway open and is useful for COPD patients and those who are overweight and snorer. The pressure acts as strut to keep the passage wide open. when you come off the mask the airway suddenly gets a recoil and you feel the congestion, then your body takes over, the muscles tone up the extra saliva and mucus goes down and you feel less congested.
this is just a perception, as such the CPAP will not lead to congestion at all.
I hope the advise would be informative and useful for you.
Take Care!
Answered: Fri, 26 Jul 2013
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