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Has anyone used a CPAP and have it trigger their asthma?

  1. Hi. CorinneI. Thank you for the great question. Are you using a CPAP to treat sleep apnea. Usually this treatment can help make your asthma better, rather than worse. If you think that your CPAP is triggering your asthma, this may be a great question to pose to your doctor. He/she may have ideas to help you feel better. One question for you: Is this a new CPAP or have you had it a while? Just curious. John. Community Moderator. asthma.net

    1. Hi CorinneI, and thanks for your post. Like my colleague, John, I have not seen any patients who have had this type of reaction when using a CPAP device.

      I have had patients who do not tolerate the CPAP well - either issues with the mask or prongs, or don't adjust to the blowing air in their face, but nothing like an asthma flare-up.

      Since this seems to be what is happening to you, you may want to take this up with your prescribing physician, to see what may be going on in your situation.

      Please do check back and let us know how this all turns out for you.

      Good luck!
      Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

      1. I use a CPAP and find I have a harder time using it when my asthma is flared up. I use a nose mask most of the time but found that using a full face mask works better with asthma flare ups. I have not had it cause an asthma attack. Although it does make my nose run.

        1. Hi Missmila, and thanks for joining in the conversation here as it relates to the use of CPAP devices and asthma. We appreciate you sharing your own personal experience using the device with the community.

          Wishing you well,
          Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

        2. Hi, Missmila -- forgive me if I've said this to you already, but we have a sister site like this one for people with sleep disorders. You might be able to work out some of your CPAP issues with them, or at least find some friendly people to commiserate with. 😉 Here's their website: www.sleep-disorders.net. -Melissa, asthma.net team

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