Video FAQ – Nasal Congestion When Using CPAP

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What Can Be Done About Nasal
Congestion When Using CPAP?

Nasal congestion is a common complaint of patients who use CPAP therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. In this installment of his video FAQ series, Dr. Ronald Popper offers some suggestions that may help relieve your nasal congestion and help you get a better night's sleep while wearing your CPAP unit. This video series was produced to answer your general questions about obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you have specific questions about your personal condition, please contact Dr. Popper using the information below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information right away, please Contact us here on this site or on our Facebook page. We'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Patients complain of increased nasal congestion when using CPAP. What can be done for this?

To combat nasal congestion with the use of CPAP we strongly urge all patients to use a heated humidifier with their CPAP system. Additionally, aggressive treatment of nasal allergies will often resolve this. For my patients who complain of nasal congestion with the use of CPAP, I often prescribe a nasal steroid spray to be used in the morning, a nasal antihistamine spray to be used in the evening, and sometimes even the addition of a Breathe-Right strip which goes across the nose which will help open up the nostrils and make breathing more comfortable.

Sometimes we will need to use additional allergy medications such as antihistamine and decongestant tablets or even allergy desensitization shots.

I'm Dr. Ronald Popper, medical director of the Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California. To view more videos that help to address all of your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, please visit our website at

Thank you for watching and always remember, sleep well tonight for a better day tomorrow.


Dr. Ronald A. Popper is a Board Certified sleep specialist. The Southern California Pulmonary and Sleep Disorders Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California is a four bed, state of the art, fully accredited sleep disorders center. Dr. Popper is available at (805) 557-9930 to answer any questions you have regarding diagnosis and treatment of all sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, restless limb syndrome, insomnia, narcolepsy, and others.

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