18 Apr 2022

Are you prone to suffering from allergies this time of the year and use CPAP equipment?

There are a number of things that you can do to reduce the chances of allergy symptoms that can impact your therapy, and therefore your overall health.

  • To begin this allergy season (Spring), you need to start with a big Spring clean. Remove any dust and/or dog hair from carpets, floors, side tables and other areas that are prone to collecting dust. Clean the bathrooms and laundry to remove any odours and mould.
  • Outdoor areas will also need a trim and tidy up for those windy spring days.
  • If you have animals, give them a good wash.
  • Keep smoking and perfume use to a minimum in the house and close outdoor areas.
  • Avoid opening windows and doors, especially on windy days.
  • Clean sheets and pillowcases regularly as well as bathroom towels.
  • Give your CPAP equipment a good cleanout. Wash the humidifier chamber with 3 lids full of white vinegar and water, let that sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse (do in the morning).  Clean hose and mask (including headgear) in warm water and MILD soap. Check filters in the machine and clean or replace if dirty. Wipe the CPAP machine over to remove any dust. Maintain this monthly (weekly for mask).
  • Use the humidifier and if you feel like you have a dry mouth, throat or/and nose and/or block or runny nose, you will need to put your humidifier settings up.
  • Nose sprays and allergy tablets can be taken to help relieve allergy symptoms but speak to a medical professional about your options first.
  • Observe general good health practices; exercise daily, stop smoking, avoid air pollutants, eat a balanced diet, and supplement diet with vitamins, especially vitamin C.