We thought we were over this, right? We aren’t teenagers anymore, well, maybe some of us are, but most of us are supposed to be past the acne stage. Now that you have started CPAP therapy to treat sleep apnea, you may notice your skin is feeling a little challenged. Getting used to wearing the CPAP mask is only part of that challenge. You may notice sore spots on your skin, redness or even pimples. This can happen for several reasons.
During research for this article, I found a very informative article in the newsletter, Resmedica, provided by ResMed, one of the leading CPAP manufacturers. The editor, Alison Hansford leads the reader on a journey over the history of CPAP therapy in the last 30 years, but informs that obstructive sleep apnea has been documented for almost 2000 years. She states that in the late 19th century, it was referred to as, “Pickwickian syndrome” and then, almost as much as now, the obesity of the patient was focused on, rather than the potential breathing disorder the patient may have. It’s funny that now, we know you do not have to be obese to have sleep disordered breathing. By the 1960’s, we started to become aware that obesity may be a factor, but it was certainly not the only factor related to OSA, such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, stroke and congestive heart failure.
It may not be something we are all comfortable talking about, but gas happens. Most of us are used to this experience based on the foods we eat, but if you are using a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea, you may be getting a gassy belly from another source — the machine itself.
OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea brings additional health risks than can be life-threatening if not treated. Stroke, heart failure, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic fatigue and other factors are only a few of the possible illnesses associated with sleep apnea. Most people who wear dentures at night usually take them out in order to prevent issues associated with excessive denture wear. Doctors frequently recommend removal of dentures before sleep because it is often associated with “chronic inflammatory changes leading to irritation, periodontitis, and alveolar bone resorption in the denture-supporting area,” according to researcher, H. Arisak.
After an in-home sleep study has been completed, and returned to Aeroflow Healthcare, it is then interpreted by the board-certified sleep physicians working with us. If the patient is not familiar with what the sleep doctor is looking for, they may feel slightly vulnerable. It can be unnerving to feel poorly and not know what is going on to cause it. In order to put nervous patients a little more at ease, here are the indicators our sleep doctors are looking for when reading the results of an in home sleep study.