CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is generally considered to be the gold standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP machines work by increasing air pressure in the throat so the user’s airway doesn’t collapse. While CPAP therapy doesn’t cure sleep apnea, those who utilize this treatment method often experience a significant decrease in the symptoms of sleep apnea, some of which interfere with their lives on a daily basis when left untreated.
But like most treatments for any disorder, CPAP therapy requires a level of commitment from users to ensure it’s a positive experience and that it works as well as it’s supposed to. One of the most important tasks that CPAP users must adhere to is keeping their machines clean, as a dirty CPAP can make therapy a rather unpleasant experience.
Here are three common signs of a dirty CPAP:
- You keep getting sick. Germs are everywhere, and they can easily thrive inside your CPAP equipment. Many CPAP users report frequent sinus infections and other illnesses once they begin CPAP therapy, and in many cases this results from dirty CPAP equipment.
- You notice a nasty smell. If your CPAP smells like mildew, it might indicate that there may be mold present inside your equipment. CPAP machines can be breeding grounds for mold, which tends to grow in damp, warm environments.
- Your skin is irritated. Over time, CPAP masks can absorb the oil and dirt on your face. Coming into direct contact with this may cause your skin to become irritated.
There are other fixable causes for some of these issues – skin irritation, for example, could also be indicative of a poorly fitting mask – but in many cases a dirty CPAP is the culprit. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to keeping your CPAP equipment germ-free: the SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer.
The SoClean uses the same sanitizing process found in water purification, produce handling and hospital sanitizing to destroy 99.9% of CPAP mold, bacteria and viruses – no water or messy chemicals required. In fact, many of our happy customers who once experienced the issues listed above have reported a notable improvement since they began using the SoClean.
Don’t let a dirty CPAP interfere with your sleep apnea treatment. Buy yourself a SoClean, and learn why 96.8% of SoClean users would recommend this device to their family and friends.