Jack wrote:Male, 73, have experienced sneezing bouts and running nose recently. Began use of CPAP about April 2004. About December 2004, began experiencing severe bouts of sneezing, runny nose along with that and ultimately stuffiness. The ticklish sensation continues even when the sneezing is not up front. My CPAP machine does not have a humidifier. Does this scenario ring a bell with anyone else? What have you done? I'm suspecting non-allergenic rhinitis caused by change in air pressure but then just about everyone with a mask would have the problem. Any suggestions?
Jack wrote:Thank you for response.
Guess I have to clarify though. My sneezing and runny nose problems occur afterwards in the day and even days after using CPAP. I stopped using CPAP because of them for periods of one or two or three days and the symptoms tended to disappear.
I searched through internet under sleep apnea and found little on point. But under sneezing I found an MSNBC November 4, 2003 article that described my symptoms almost exactly and attributed them to non-allergic rhinitis, i.e. hay fever without the hay.
The synptoms are not minor. They fall somewhere between disabling and deal with it. The article specifically notes that allergic reactions involve non-nose itching in the eyes mouth etc. Not so with these symptoms.
During the night I do not generally have problems and tend to sleep much better than before CPAP.
One of the causes cited in the article for non-allergenic rhinitis , one of the triggers is "air pressure variations" - which is almost a definition of CPAP.
But if this is common and it is then I should have had the symptoms sooner and a very large number of apneacs should have these symptoms. Something doesn't add up Searching for answers. Will appreciate any information. Thanks in advance.
Jack wrote:Thanks for encouragement.
As to machine, it is RemRest C1001, setting is 11cm with ramp of 15 min. Shows date of 7/7/04 so that should be my beginning date not April 2004. There is no humidifier. that is one reason I'm asking for advice.
As to autopap or straightpap I wouldn't know one from the other unless there was a sign on it.
To answer Chris, the "upfront" was a lame attempt to describe the body's state when every fiber in the body is saying "sneeze" but you can't. Picture yourself with your head tilted back about to sneeze with the tickling sensation in control. And try living on edge that way for a few hours at a time. In between, blow the nose 2 or 3 times every 60 seconds or so.
When I go off the machine for long enough, no sweat, I'm normal. And almost no problem actually sleeping. It's when I get up - rested - that the trouble begins. Wondering if a humidifier would help.
The machine has been a big help. Up until the rhinitis type symptoms put in an appearance, I was thrilled to death with a machine I put off investigating for 10 years. I have 2 brothers, older and younger, who were on it for 12 and 13 years and swear by it.
I'm thinking now though that I may have to look at those dental devices or whatever. I know I don't want to go under the knife unless it's absolutely necessary. As I said, I would welcome any suggestions. And thank cpaptalk for the forum.
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