Philips CPAP Side Effects | Common side effects, cancer and breathing problems
Common side effects that CPAP users may experience
In general, Philips CPAP side effects share the same common side effects with other CPAP machines. This page will discuss the side effects of CPAP therapy as well as side effects that may occur from the recalled Philips CPAP devices.
Initially, users who start using a CPAP may find it difficult to sleep for the first few nights or weeks as they get used to sleeping on the machine. Most complaints about side effects relate to discomfort from wearing a mask or poor air pressure.
Some side effects may appear and go away later during treatment.
The potential side effects of PCP include:
- Air leaks from CPAP masks can disrupt sleep. Some research suggests that nasal masks that fit over the nose instead of oronasal masks that fit over the nose and mouth can reduce air leakage.
- Marks on the skin, rashes, or sores can occur from ill-fitting masks or the material the mask is made from. Mask liners or creams can help.
- Nasal dryness or inflammation can occur due to continuous air being pushed through the nose. Sometimes this can cause nosebleeds.
- Aerophagia or aerophagia occurs when people swallow pressurized air, causing abdominal discomfort and gas. It can also cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Dry eye or eye irritation due to air leakage, bacteria trapped under the mask moving into the eyes, or air passing through the nasal passages into the eyes.
- Prolonged use of the mask may lead to decreased facial growth in children.
- Mild pressure in the ear or ear pain may occur because CPAP can affect the pressure in the middle ear.
- Chipping or shifting of the teeth can occur due to tight chin rests or the position of the tongue when using CPAP.
- Respiratory infections can occur when users start using a CPAP machine for the first time. It can also be caused by bacteria left on the mask or airway.
- Sleep disturbances or insomnia may occur due to the noise of the machine or difficulty adjusting to inhaling and exhaling with the pressure generated by the machine.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about any side effects of PCP. Some can be alleviated by adjusting the pressure or using a different mask. If you do not tolerate CPAP treatment well, you can ask your doctor for alternatives to CPAP to treat sleep apnea.
Possible serious side effects of Philips CPAP
Most side effects of PCP are mild and go away on their own over time or with minimal intervention. However, Philips warned of potential serious or life-threatening side effects caused by the recalled devices, including a link between its CPAP and cancer.
Philips issued a CPAP recall in June 2021 because the noise-canceling foam used to prevent machines from being too loud or vibrating could break or degrade. Broken foam particles or gases emitted by the foam could enter the body through the respiratory tract of the device.
Ingested or inhaled foam particles or chemical gases can cause carcinogenic, toxic or respiratory side effects.
Philips has found toxic chemicals in particles and gases, including: Toluene diamine, toluene diisocyanate, diethylene glycol, dimethyl diazine and phenol, 2,6-bis (1,1-dimethylethyl) -4- (1-methylpropyl) -.
Potential serious side effects of the recalled devices include:
- Inflammation of the airways, especially dangerous for people with lung disease or reduced breathing capacity
- Respiratory tract irritation
- Various cancers
- Hypersensitivity reactions
- Organ damage, such as liver problems or kidney problems
Because the recalled devices can cause potentially serious injury, several people who have used the recalled Philips devices are suing Philips CPAP. The lawsuits claim that Philips manufactured a faulty device and failed to properly warn of the risk.
Tips for preventing side effects of PCP
Some mild side effects of CPAP can be avoided with proper use and care of your CPAP machine. Here are some common problems and what you can do to avoid them.
- Prevent a dry stuffy nose by making sure your mask fits properly. Air leaks can dry out your nose. A humidifier that attaches to the machine or uses a nasal spray can help.
- Prevent feelings of claustrophobia by getting used to it while you are awake. Try to hold the mask against your face when the machine is turned off. Then try to wear the mask with straps. Then try to turn on the machine and then use it while you sleep. Masks of different sizes can also help.
- Prevent dry mouth by using a chin strap to keep your mouth closed while you sleep.
- Prevent skin irritation by making sure your mask fits properly or by using mask liners or pads. Be sure to let your doctor know if you develop any sores or deterioration of the skin.
- Avoid difficulties with forced air by slowly increasing the pressure if your machine is equipped with a ramp function. If not, ask your doctor to adjust the pressure settings. Don’t do it yourself.
Can Using A CPAP Machine Help With Weight Loss?
Some studies suggest that using a CPAP can help people with sleep apnea lose weight.
For example, a 2019 study by Dr. Yuanjie Mao and colleagues at the University of Arkansas for Medical Studies found that patients with sleep apnea who used a CPAP machine while limiting calories lost more weight than those who used a low calorie diet alone.
Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people with sleep apnea who used CPAP had significant reductions in body fat and BMI compared to those who did not.
Weight loss isn’t the only potential benefit of using CPAP for people with sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It can prevent several health risks associated with untreated sleep apnea.
The potential benefits of using CPAP include:
- Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
- Better vigilance during the day
- Accident prevention
- Improved concentration
- Prevention of diabetes
- Eliminate snoring
Please seek the advice of a healthcare professional before making any healthcare decisions.
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