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After a limit CPAP air causes irritation to the airways causing swelling, congestion or sneezing. The irritations can be a beginning of infections. The only way to reduce nasal irritation is to humidify the air. Humidifiers make CPAP therapy better by preventing the airway passages from drying out and reducing the irritation caused by the same. Almost all CPAP machines are available with a humidifier. Humidifiers make CPAP therapy more effective.

Heated Humidifiers

Heated humidifiers use water which is warmed to add moisture to the airstream. The heat can be adjusted variation in the moisture level. It is reported by most CPAP users that their experience is greatly enhanced by using heated CPAP machines. There are three types of heated humidifiers:

Stand Alone Humidifiers

These humidifiers can be used with any CPAP machine that does not use the integrated humidifier or ones without inbuilt humidifiers.

Integrated Humidifiers

these type of humidifiers come integrated along with the CPAP machine. It makes the CPAP machine more portable fit to be carried along on any trip.

Built In Humidifiers

Such humidifiers are already fixed into the CPAP system and cannot be removed. The heating element is a part of the machine itself however the chamber can be removed. These type of machines take less space than integrated or standalone types.

Cons of using Humidifiers:

  • Sneezing
  • Dry mouth
  • Burning of nasal passages
  • Water dripping in the mask
  • Water chamber capacity less than required to last through the night
  • Water chamber collects a mold like residue
  • Humidifier makes gurgling noises 
  • Water droplets come from the humidifier.

Popular CPAP humidifiers include Fisher & Paykel HC150 Heated CPAP Humidifier or Devilbiss IntelliPAP Humidifer Chamber and many more. Buy Humidifiers for CPAP therapy that are available in various shapes, designs and add-on features like the inbuilt hygrostat sensor, niteglo, and many other features from top brand like Devilbiss, Teleflex , Fisher & Paykel, Respironics etc. at best prices on HPFY.