When a a leak is in a nasal CPAP on an infant what is the problem?
Choosing a Mask for Your CPAP?
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) Device, choosing the right mask to use with your CPAP is quite important. If the mask is uncomfortable, compliance with using the CPAP falls dramatically, and not using your CPAP can lead to very severe health problems in the future. Nasal Masks Probably the most commonly used mask is the nasal mask. This mask fits over the nose and is usually cushioned with a gel or soft plastic liner to form a good seal to prevent air leaks. Those with facial hair may have a problem with the mask sealing properly, but that isn’t guaranteed. Don’t let the tech talk you out of trying it, because you have a mustache. Some can use a nasal mask successfully with facial hair. One of the drawbacks of this type of mask is air leakage. Air can leak around the bridge of the nose can cause the eyes to dry out. Other complaints include dry nasal passages and nosebleeds, but this is often resolved with a heated humidifier attached to the CPAP. Full Face Mask A Full Face CPAP Mask covers both the nose and mouth. These masks are great for those people who have trouble breathing through their nose. With the full face mask, the user can breathe through their mouth if their nose becomes plugged. Even if you normally use a nasal mask, it is handy having a full face mask on hand for times when your nose if plugged. Again, these may have a problem sealing for those with facial hair. Try it out before you decide. Nasal Prong Masks A third option for CPAP users is the Nasal Prong Mask. These masks are becoming more popular. They consist of two prong shapes that fit into the nares with the CPAP tube running underneath and resting on the top lip. This allows the user to wear glasses, move more easily, and speak without removing the mask. This is good for those with facial hair, however, those requiring higher CPAP pressures may not be able to use these masks.
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Can cpap cause problems with your lungs?
The basic answer to the question is no. CPAP uses a higher than normal level of airway pressure to open your upper airway while you sleep. When combined with a humidifier, the air entering your lungs maintains your ability to breath with air that is warm and moist. At the pressures prescribed for most people, there is little down side to the lung itself. Most issues people describe have to do with oral or nasal discomfort. One possible area where we might suspect the CPAP causing problems with your lungs is when the CPAP is prescribed at higher pressures. For example, a low pressure may be considered between 5 - 10 while a high pressure may be considered over 18. Fortunately, the CPAP system is not airtight, so there is almost always a leak factor that prevents problems with the pressure impact in the lungs.
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Why does your CPAP machine start beeping in the middle of the night?
Most CPAP machines have a feature built into them that beeps to let the user know there is an air leak. This can be something simple such as a mask that is not well seated or sealed. It could also be a tear in the hose that is leaking air. A kink in the hose that is preventing the air from passing may also cause this. Start there. If you continue to have problems, contact your therapy provider or physician to trouble shoot further causes.