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Can your CPAP make you sick?

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October 08, 2019

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Vickie
October 08, 2019

The CPAP I use has a water reservoir and specifically calls for distilled water; the water evaporates each night so the reservoir needs to be refilled every night. I clean my CPAP regularly, by hand, and have never gotten sick from it. If a person buys a cleaning machine for their CPAP, wouldn’t the cleaning machine need cleaned also? Are they going to make a machine to clean a machine? Save money and clean your CPAP by hand.

Bruce
October 10, 2019

Fully agree. These companies use scare tactics to sell their equipment. Routine maintenance as outlined in the manuals are enough. The reservoir is emptied, rinsed daily (minimally), washed with warm soapy water once per week, more frequently if you can. Mask always need to be washed. The machines do not dissolve skin oils. These need to be washed off daily. Change the cushion at least once per month. I taught and followed up patients at a VA hospital. Of the 4000 plus patients I set up nobody who ever followed instructions ever got sick.

Bernie W. Miller
October 10, 2019

That was an excellent reply Vickie, essentially the cleaning devices are a waste of cash.

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