When you use your CPAP night after night, you introduce it into your breath, the dead skin cells on your face and the oils in your hair. Germs, grease, and oils can start to circulate in the machine and grow mold or bacteria.
Your CPAP Machine will also pick up dust, allergens, and germs from the surrounding area and can introduce them into your lungs. This could facilitate the attack of an infection such as sinusitis, pneumonia, sore throat or other diseases. Irritation or nasal and ocular infections may also occur.
If you have a CPAP device with a humidifier or a heating tube, moisture can accumulate, creating an ideal environment for mold, mildew, viruses, fungi, yeast, and bacteria. Mold could irritate the airways, cause coughing and more which are all bacterial infections CPAP symptoms.
If you do not change the water of your CPAP humidifier every night, Dust will be Collected it Leads to bacteria in an optimal environment to multiply.
Remember to only add distilled water in your humidifier. Tap water can Make hard, abrasive mineral deposits in your machine, making it difficult to function.
How to Find Out CPAP Machine Is Dirty
Go ahead and take a whiff of your CPAP mask and other supplies. We mean a good one, get close and inhale for any sign of musty scent. If you smell mold, mildew or something bad, it is possible that mold or bacteria builds up in your CPD supplies.
2. The Visuals
Look at your CPAP machine, if it is covered with a nice layer of dust, then you probably have not cleaned it in a while.
Then look at your CPAP filters. If they are dark or discolored, it is time to clean or replace them.
If your mask and tubes show signs of discoloration, they should also be cleaned or replaced.
Check your tubing and PPC humidifier for signs of film build-up or minerals. Also make sure there is no moisture in the tubing or mask. Your CPAP supplies must be completely dry before use.
3. Irritation of Skin
CPAP Cleaner can prevent skin irritation
Do you wake up with pain, acne or peeling skin? The oils, skin cells and dirt that accumulate on your mask can be absorbed, causing discomfort and even rashes. This is a clear sign that the time has come to clean your CPAP mask. However, you could also have the wrong size if your mask is too narrow or too painful. But you probably have to clean it up.
4. Frequently Happening Infections
Are you still coughing? Do you have another sinus infection? What, did your doctor put you MORE antibiotics? You may have symptoms of mold at the CPP or be sick more often because of dirty PPC material. Break the cycle and feel better with a regular CPAP cleaning program.
How to Clean Your CPAP machine?
- Fill a sink or large container with warm water, then add a few drops of mild dish detergent.
- Separate your CPAP mask, tubing and water chamber and place them in the water. Turn them for about five minutes.
- Rinse each part thoroughly and suspend completely before using it.
- Clean your CPAP filters by rinsing them in warm water, squeezing them out and letting them dry.
- Clean your CPAP device by unplugging it first. Then wipe it with a warm, damp cloth.