Using a humidifier may not be completely necessary with your CPAP machine. However, humidifiers do have benefits for many. This especially true for those new to CPAP treatment. Humidifier attachments are also an essential CPAP accessory to have on hand, for anyone who depends on the CPAP machine. It may not be needed every time, but it’s best to have the humidifier on hand for all eventualities.
When are CPAP humidifiers useful?
- The air coming through a CPAP to your air passages can dry out the airway. This can cause discomfort, especially for people who are using CPAP for the first time.
- It’s not just a matter of discomfort. Nasal passage and throat irritation from dry air in the CPAP may lead to tissue swelling in extreme cases. This has the potential to narrow the airway and cause further health risks.
- CPAP humidifiers are also useful for those who reside in regions with low levels of atmospheric humidity. You can use a room humidifier, but as the CPAP humidifier is smaller and attaches directly to the CPAP, it can be a more convenient and targeted option.
- Similarly, CPAP humidifier attachments are recommended (along with air filters) for CPAP users who are prone to allergies. This can be essential times of the year where dry air may contain pollens and other irritants that can cause runny noses, sneezing and coughing.
- Similarly, if one travels with a CPAP, a humidifier may be required for different conditions – not least on an aeroplane. Although it means taking another piece of machinery along, the attachment is small enough to not be much of a physical inconvenience. It may prove to be convenience you’ll be happy to have taken with you.
Most people who have been on CPAP treatment for some time do not require humidifiers once able they have adapted to how the CPAP works and feels. However, it is still a good idea to have one on hand. When it’s needed, a CPAP humidifier is a crucial piece of equipment.