Using Your CPAP With a Cold? Tips & Advice From Doctor
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Find out if it's safe to use CPAP during a cold with Shore Dental SleepCare.
Shore Dental SleepCare's Dr. Young shares an article from CPAP.com, discussing the things to consider when using a CPAP machine when you have a cold.
If you have a cold, it is important to keep your CPAP clean. There are many ways to do this and Dr. Young covers some of them here.
First, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer. You should also avoid touching your nose or eyes while you are sick. Second, remove the mask from the machine and place it in the sink with cool water and dish soap for about 10 minutes. You can also try using a CPAP cleaner that will remove any germs from the mask and tubing. When washing, be sure to not use hot water as this can damage parts of the machine.
Lastly, after cleaning, let everything dry before placing it back on the machine again so it does not collect any moisture which can lead to mold growth if left unchecked.
If you constantly find yourself fighting to get better sleep and routinely wake up tired, you may have a sleep disorder. Shore Dental SleepCare is a New Jersey sleep apnea specialty clinic providing the most advanced CPAP treatments in Ocean & Monmouth County and strives to provide the best patient care for those suffering from sleep apnea. The first thing to know is that you are not alone and if you have questions on where to find help on this issue, reach out to Shore Dental SleepCare today on our contact page.