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CPAP mask bubbling water

I've been using my CPAP since spring and in the past few days it's been bubbling right where the tube meets the nose pillows. Does anyone else have this problem? Do you know how to fix it? It happens whenever I breathe out, kind of like pushing air through a straw while it's in liquid.

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deleted_user
deleted_user

Santa,

how hight do you have ur humidifier set? I don't use nasal pillows, but if your humidifier is high, it might cause this. If not....check with equipment tech...they should know the answer
Liz1961
Liz1961

Lots of CPAP users say that keeping the hose above their heads helps, however, I've found that keeping my head just a little higher than my machine and letting the hose hang so that most of it is also below the level of my head stops moisture build up
deleted_user
deleted_user

Colder weather seems to bring this on for me. Try wrapping your hose or tucking it in the blankets and it seems to help a little with the extra moisture. I was also advised not to put the machine on a hard cold surface (tile, hard wood floor etc). Keep your machine below your head level as well. They make hose sleeves and also heated hoses that you might want to look into. I am using a heated hose now and I love it. I no longer have the condensation and gurggling issue I think you are referring to.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thanks, everyone. I've combined everyone's advice together and it seems to be working. I turned down the humidifier and am draping the hose over the headboard. I moved a couple months ago to warmer climate but a colder house, so I guess it makes sense that the machine would need a bit of adjustments!
harry3333
harry3333

could be rainout, try raising level of CPAP
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