Spring is here! And so is… Allergy Season?

Spring is here! And so is… Allergy Season?

It’s the first day of Spring! Can you believe it? We’ve had a very interesting winter here in BC and we’re ready for warmer temperatures and what? Oh yes, sunshine! With warmer temperatures and blooming flora and fauna, there will be an increase in pollen floating around. Yes, Spring is also the dreaded allergy season for many! During this time of year, we hear many patients saying that they have difficulty using their CPAP machines due to nasal congestion. Here are some helpful tips straight from our lovely staff to help you survive allergy season: Check and clean out/replace your filters (both CPAP and mask, if applicable) Machines are equipped with filters to make sure that pollen and dust are filtered out of the air that is produced by your CPAP. Clean filters helps avoid respiratory infections caused by dirt in the air. Wash your mask: Make sure to clean your mask on a regular basis to avoid dirt and buildup If you don’t have time to soak your mask, you can use wipes for a quick clean! Wipe your machine: Dust can accumulate on your CPAP. Wipe your machine regularly to remove dust buildup Adjust tube temperature & humidity (as needed): Patients suffering from allergies can adjust their tube temperature and humidity to get more moisture. Dryness can make allergies worse and make the CPAP uncomfortable to use.   Refer to your machine’s user manual for instructions or go to the following links: http://bit.ly/2mGzawj   (Philips Respironics Machines) http://bit.ly/2nBAwgQ (ResMed Machines) Keep your nasal passage clear by using  Decongestants  Neti Pots  Nasal Sprays  Nasal Steroids: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000404.htm *Make sure to consult...
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