If you do not keep up with your CPAP cleaning, your sleep apnea machine can make you sick. Your sleep apnea machine itself is a sterile device when you first purchase it. On its own, it will not cause illness because there are no germs present when it is new. After you start using the machine, any bacteria present in your equipment are your germs that are there via breathing and touching your skin.
Modern CPAP machines now come with features to make your sleep apnea machine more comfortable to use. Heated tubing and humidifiers make the air you breath warmer and moist. This decreases dryness in the mouth and nose, which reduces the risk of infection and improves the results of CPAP therapy. The downside to these features is that pathogens such as mold, fungus, and yeast enjoy warm, humid environments. If your machine is not kept clean and dry when not in use, you are at risk of developing a yeast or fungal colonization. Mold growth in your equipment can be harmful to your health as well. The air pressure of your device blows these organisms directly into your airway. The buildup of these pathogens can lead to irritation of the lungs and airway, causing a cough or even bronchitis, pneumonitis, or pneumonia.
To reduce the risk of illness from your CPAP device, there are steps you can take:
- Your device should not be stored with water left in it. If you stop your treatment for whatever reason, make sure your device is completely dry and clean.
- Clean your CPAP machine daily. A CPAP cleaner such as VirtuCLEAN can make this task much easier than using soap and water.
- If you have a cold or flu, it is especially important to clean your device after each use.
- Fill your humidifier with distilled water. This reduces the risk of bacteria and the accumulation of minerals.
- Replace your supplies such as filters as suggested by your CPAP manufacturer.
- Do not share your CPAP equipment with anyone else. Do not purchase used CPAP equipment.
Research has proven that regular CPAP cleaning reduces the risk of illness and inflammation. Also, cells that are associated with phenomena are not often seen in CPAP users who are compliant with their CPAP cleaning.
What Are The Possibilities Of Getting Pneumonia From Using A CPAP Machine?
During the colder months illnesses such as the common cold, flu, and pneumonia increase. For sleep apnea patients, the risk of getting sick is increased because dirty CPAP equipment is a breeding ground for the germs that cause these illnesses.
A study was done in 2014 to determine the link between CPAP therapy and pneumonia. The results showed that people who use CPAP therapy had an increased risk of getting pneumonia by 32%. One reason for this increased risk factor is because dirty CPAP equipment can hold bacteria and contaminants that cause pneumonia.
The first step in preventing pneumonia and other illnesses is to stick to a daily CPAP cleaning routine.
Do I Need A CPAP Cleaner?
CPAP cleaners are not mandatory. However, they make it much easier to clean your equipment on a daily basis. It is imperative that you keep your CPAP equipment clean, this can be accomplished with soap and water. However, The Best CPAP cleaners do a much better job because they can clean every nook and cranny of your equipment.
Cleaning your equipment by hand is a tedious, time-consuming process. CPAP cleaners were designed specifically to make cleaning your sleep apnea equipment easier. All you have to do is plug your machine into the CPAP cleaner and turn it on. The device destroys 99.9% of bacteria, mold, and viruses in your hose, mask, and tank. Your equipment is left clean and sanitized. VirtuCLEAN CPAP cleaner uses no water or solution, so your equipment remains completely dry. VirtuCLEAN sanitizes by using ozone, or activated oxygen which is considered one of the best sanitizing methods.
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