Can I treat sleep apnea if I have allergies and asthma?

This question was asked in Antioch, California on 04/19/2013.
Is sleep apnea treatable in patients with severe seasonal allergies and asthma? In my case, I have been compelled to stop using my CPAP machine because it appears to intensify my nasal and respiratory allergy and asthma symptoms.

Doctors Answers (5)

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 4/25/2013

Yes, many patients with asthma and allergies do quite well with CPAP therapy. You should discuss obtaining special filters for your CPAP with the medical equipment company. Filtered air should improve the allergic response which should also improve the asthma.

Vector Sleep Diagnostics Center
Answered on: 4/25/2013

You may need more aggressive allergy and asthma treatment to be able to tolerate CPAP therapy during exacerbation of your symptoms. But in some cases CPAP setting may need to be changed temporarily during this time. Always consult with your treating doctor/ pulmonologist.

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 4/25/2013

Yes, your sleep apnea can still be treated. It would be good for you to be seen by an ENT or Allergist to determine the best course of treatment for allergies while using CPAP.

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 4/25/2013

Yes you can treat Sleep Apnea, even with Asthma. However, your conditions may require specific management and we would be happy to schedule and appointment.

Jeannine Louise Gingras, MD
Answered on: 4/24/2013