Having Clean CPAP equipment can lead to a healthier and happier life with Sleep Apnea.
When diagnosed with sleep apnea, many questions may arise. Questions around how to deal with sleep apnea and, how to treat it are usually top of mind. Often, a CPAP machine is prescribed to help keep airways open for sleep apnea sufferers (which makes it easier for them to breathe while sleeping.) But how often do we question the importance of a good cleaning regimen for your CPAP equipment? Since CPAP bacteria and other germs build up, the devices should be cleaned at least daily. Doing so could help prevent more health problems and keep your loved ones happy while doing so.
Harmful pathogens, including bacteria and mold spores, can grow and thrive in dirty CPAPs. These pathogens put users at risk by causing respiratory problems, such as pneumonia and bronchitis. A study published in 2014 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed sleep apnea sufferers who use CPAP machines had a 32 percent higher risk of developing pneumonia than the control group. Bacteria in CPAP machines and lowered immunity associated with sleep apnea, helps explain this increased risk.
Pneumonia is the most serious respiratory problem linked to CPAP germs, but milder problems can also occur, including nasal passage irritation, dry throat, cough, dry mouth, itchy throat and dry nose. Cleaning tubes and other parts of CPAP machines daily makes it harder for pathogens to grow and cause these problems.
Mold and bacteria need moist environments in order to thrive, and CPAP machines provide them. These pathogens can grow rapidly inside CPAP masks, tubes and reservoir when parts aren’t properly cleaned on a regular basis, which can lead to unpleasant odors. CPAP machine users inhale these odors while wearing a CPAP mask. Those who suspect mold and bacteria are growing in tubes can check by sniffing air coming out of them when connected to a functioning CPAP machine. The tubes should be given a thorough cleaning right away if a mold or mildew smell or any other unpleasant odor is detected. If the odor persists after cleaning, the tubes should be replaced.
Clean Appearance for Your Partner’s Sake
CPAP machines that have not been cleaned show signs of visible grime and dirt, which can cause concern in partners of those with sleep apnea. Visible grime makes it easy to imagine that there are harmful pathogens present that could cause health problems. Partners of those with sleep apnea can gain peace of mind seeing these machines cleaned on a daily basis. And let’s face it– no one wants to get close to a dirty CPAP mask!
Keeping CPAP machines clean on a daily basis is simple and convenient with SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer. This cleaning solution provides an effective way to eliminate germs from CPAP equipment. In fact, lab results have shown that a SoClean kills 99.9% of CPAP germs and bacteria in your mask, hose and reservoir with no disassembly required. Please contact us for more information.