what is growing in my CPAP machine?

Charlene Collins By Charlene Collins, 20th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/30z2znac/
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If you don't replace CPAP parts regularly and clean it properly you can get very sick.

What is growing in my CPAP machine

I think my CPAP machine has been one of the culprits that has been making me sick. For a month or so I have had a sore throat, sore sinuses, and soreness where the inside of my nose and throat joins. I've also had breathing problems and pain in my chest and under my right arm and back area where the lungs are.

My tongue has turned a greenish black and it is sore, as is the inside of my mouth. Cells are sloughing off my tongue and it's uncomfortable to feel loose cells accumulating. My mouth has also started foaming. It's awful.

I had no idea what could be causing me so much discomfort and respiratory problems with little relief. I discovered, today, that I have not been taking diligent care of the parts of my CPAP machine. I called the company today and told the respiratory representative that when I removed the water chamber it looked like mold was growing on top of the distiller water.

The lady asked me how often do I clean it. I told her that I clean it three to four times a month. I've never noticed anything growing in the chamber before. No one ever told me to clean it daily.

She also said I need a new mask every six months, and I've had the one I'm using for over a year. She asked me how often do I vhange the filter. I didn't even know it had a filter. There was a rectangle shaped opening in the back of it but nothing was there.

The lady said the hose and chamber needs to be changed every three months and the filters, there are two of them, need to be changed every two weeks. So, it looks like I have made myself si

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Bacteria, Cpap, Mold, Respiratory System, Sickness

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Charlene is a former health writer and a retired nurse. She will write in many genres.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th Apr 2015 (#)

You suffer from sleep apnea, I take it??? You have to wipe it down and it is common knowledge that exhaled air contains moisture that has to be wiped off the mask that is worn while sleeping. I know as I had bought one for mum. Sold it as I got her teeth sorted out and it changed her breathing to normalcy.
You are supposed to replace the mask and tube from time to time as its known fact the mould grows on anything damp and moist and exhaled breath is such.

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author avatar Charlene Collins
20th Apr 2015 (#)

If I wasn't so addled rained I would probably think about it. With so much oxygen loss I sometimes can't tell the year or how to spell my name. My seizures don't help my thinking either.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th Apr 2015 (#)

She has her own teeth but just changed the jaw and bite positioning and threw the machine out.

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author avatar Charlene Collins
20th Apr 2015 (#)

I'm glad your mom's jaw is fixed.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
21st Apr 2015 (#)

Where moisture is strange things can develop.

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author avatar Carol Roach
24th Apr 2015 (#)

yep, I just hope that you heal now

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