Mysterious marks seen on President Joe Biden’s face just after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning were from a CPAP machine used to treat sleep apnea, according to the White House.
“Since 2008, the President has disclosed his history with sleep apnea in thorough medical reports. He used a CPAP machine last night, which is common for people with that history,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News after the strange marks on Biden’s face caused alarm.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, CPAP is “a machine that uses mild air pressure to keep breathing airways open while you sleep.”
“Side effects of CPAP treatment may include congestion, runny nose, dry mouth, or nosebleeds. Some masks can cause irritation. Your healthcare provider can help you find ways to relieve these symptoms and adjust to using your CPAP machine,” the institute’s website explains. “If you experience stomach discomfort or bloating, you should stop using your CPAP machine and call your healthcare provider right away.”
Earlier this year, former Biden press secretary Jen Psaki described her ex-boss as a “night owl” who “does nothing at 9 a.m.”
“It’s important to note, President Biden does nothing at 9 a.m. He is a night owl,” Psaki told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in March. “So, the fact that he is doing this at 9 a.m. anyway speaks to how vital the White House recognizes it is for him to have his voice out there.”
Also in March, Biden’s doctor, Kevin O’Connor, said that test results showed a skin lesion removed from the president’s chest was a common form of skin cancer called a basal cell carcinoma, the Associated Press reported.
O’Connor said that “all cancerous tissue was successfully removed” during the president’s periodic physical examination on Feb. 16.
This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.