Will Dirty CPAP Machine Make Me Sick?
For anyone getting sick is never fun, feeling like garbage, nasal congestion, cough, fatigue, sneezing and all around yuck.
And when one uses a CPAP, it can make treatment difficult. But what if YOU were the reason you were sick?
Improper cleaning of your CPAP can facilitate sickness, and then it just keeps coming back.
While CPAP therapy itself does not cause illness, the manufacturer's instructions for care, parts replacement and cleaning must be followed to prevent contamination of equipment.
Continuing CPAP therapy with contaminated parts can lead to infection
Problems caused---Bacteria and Fungal infections
●Staphylococcus Aureus---Bacterial infection, skin issues, pneumonia
●Candida Albicans---Fungal infection, wet environment, skin irritation, throat issues (thrush)
●E. Coli---Bacterial infection, Gut issues, UTI
Reasons You May Get Sick While Using a CPAP Machine
CPAP machines come with filters to prevent foreign particles, such as dust and pollen, from getting into the machine and then your lungs.
Filters that are not regularly cleaned or replaced become less effective at preventing those particles from getting in, thus causing illnesses.
Masks and Hoses
Masks, mask cushions, and hoses that are regularly used without cleaning can get dirty and potentially lead to buildups of germs and bacteria which can make you sick.
Certain bacteria and mold thrive in warm, moist environments. This makes CPAP machine humidifiers an appealing environment for them.
Improper cleaning of your humidifier and its water chamber can lead to the buildup of these harmful organisms.
How to find out if your CPAP machine is dirty?
There are a few telltale signs that your CPAP machine needs cleaning.
A bad odor in your mask or hose
Skin irritations when used
Sore throat, runny nose when used
Sneezing and nasal congestion with CPAP therapy
Repeated respiratory or sinus infections
How to clean your CPAP machine and supplies?
Follow a Cleaning Schedule
Clean your mask and hose with warm, soapy water at least weekly.
If your CPAP machine has a humidifier, be sure to wash the water chamber thoroughly.
A solution of water and vinegar can help eliminate bacteria.
Never leave water in the water chamber when not in use.
Use Cleaning and Sanitizing Machines
Sanitizing machines clean all CPAP equipment hands-free without chemicals or water.
They are easy to use and are a convenient solution for those with busy schedules.
- Automatic Cleaning CPAP
- Kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria in only 20/30 minutes!
- Requires no soap, water, or cleaning solutions
- Small and portable, weighing only 16 ounces
- Ultra quiet
- Uses Ozone (activated oxygen) to disinfect
- Rechargeable lithium ion battery with a 5-year life
- Charging time only 2 hours
- Each charge give you no less than 8 full cleaning cycles
- Requires no maintenance
- Ideal for homecare, but can be used to clean multiple masks in a hospital setting
- 30-day money-back guarantee
CPAP supply Replacement Schedule
Replacing parts on a regular basis Can help prevent infection and ensure that you receive effective CPAP therapy.
The following guidelines for replacement may differ from manufacturer recommendations.
- Replace your CPAP mask every 3 months
- Replace headgear every 6 months
- Replace ultra-fine filters every month
- Replace foam filters every 3-6 months
- Replace tubing every 3 months
- Replace your humidifier water chamber every 6 months
- Replace your CPAP machine every 3-5 years