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What are the side effects of a continuous positive airway pressure machine?

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is a mechanical device used to treat sleep apnea, a common but serious sleep disorder that consists of interrupted breathing while sleeping. The CPAP machine requires wearing a mask over the nose and uses air blown through a tube to continuously maintain an open airway during sleep.

While a CPAP machine is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea, some side effects are possible. When you use CPAP, you may have nasal congestion, dry mouth, or skin irritation. You may also start snoring again even with the use of CPAP. Talk to your doctor about how to deal with these symptoms and about possibly readjusting your machine to make sure it is working properly.

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