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Irritated lungs/chest/throat
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Irritated lungs/chest/throat
So I’ve used CPAP for years now with a humidifier with no issue however I’ve started working recently in a mood manufacturing environment where we basically work in cold temperatures (cold enough to se.me your own breath). I’m wondering if this fluctuation of temperature between the dry cold and then the heated humidity could be causing irritation as I’m starting to get the odd cough and rough throat?!

Any suggestions to help?
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#2
RE: Irritated lungs/chest/throat
David, I think working in a refrigerated environment is sufficient to explain the irritation with or without CPAP humidification. In other words, leave the CPAP out of it, and find a way to deal with the work environment. Using a face mask is once easy way to increase your respired moisture and prewarm the air in refrigeration, as the mask material acts like a heat moisture exchanger (HME). Considering the pandemic situation, face masks are in high style these days. Thicker will retain more moisture and heat.
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RE: Irritated lungs/chest/throat
A cooled environment, conventionally cooled, is going to necessarily be dry.  Air can't hold moisture as it approaches the freezing point, at which it begins to precipitate out as ice crystals.  The warmer air gets, the higher the water content it can hold, and that's why high temps in humid places is so flippin' HOTTTT!!!  You are now working in a very dry environment, and apparently it isn't going swimmingly.

I think you may need the advice of a physician who understands the nature of your work environment and its apparent effect on you.  You may need an inhaler, or at least profit immensely in the short term by steroid use...not sure, and not advising...just giving an example of what your PCG will suggest you do.

That aside, I think Sleeprider has an astute immediate 'intervention' that might work; your mask will collect moisture and moisten the air. As long as it doesn't freeze up and stop you from breathing altogether.
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I would go get a Covid test.
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(07-31-2020, 01:10 AM)zabe Wrote: I would go get a Covid test.

If the environment is an abattoir I would definitely agree with the above comment. Covid19 seems to thrive in colder environments.
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(07-31-2020, 03:12 AM)holden4th Wrote:
(07-31-2020, 01:10 AM)zabe Wrote: I would go get a Covid test.

If the environment is an abattoir I would definitely agree with the above comment. Covid19 seems to thrive in colder environments.

Use one of them drive-by's. It's safer not to walk into a danger zone, the most amount of covid gets detected on shoe soles.
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