chronic respiratory infections

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chronic respiratory infections

Postby Denise » Thu May 10, 2007 12:49 am

I had to go off my cpap machine for a while because I was in the hospital with pneumonia. After coming home, I stayed off it a while because I still wasn't breathing correctly.
I went back on it after a month, and low and behold another infection. This was in the Fall.
I was in the hospital again for pneumonia in Jan. Went off the CPAP during that time. Recently went back on CPAP, and guess what?? Another infection. Right now I'm on a ZPack and Prednisone, running a temp etc, chest congestion.
I suppose it could be coincidence, but now I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem and maybe I'm not cleaning the machine often enough or not good enough???
Does anyone have any feedback on this that could help me???? I surely will appreciate any help on this matter.
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me too

Postby merywidow » Thu May 10, 2007 10:50 am

I started cpap and 10 days later I also ended up in the hospital with bronchitus so bad I needed oxygen. This was the first time I had it for about 10 years. Since my machine was new, I don't think it had anything to do with mold or anything. I am beginning to think it is related also.
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Postby jpezz » Thu May 10, 2007 7:29 pm

If cleaning often enough was an issue, I'd be dead. but I do always use distilled water. Have you asked your doctor about it? did you tell the hospital you had a CPAP and bring it in with you at the time of infection?

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Postby Denise » Fri May 11, 2007 12:03 am

John....I did tell the hospital that I had a CPAP machine at home. But, they didn't have me bring it in.
What is the best way possible to clean this machine to make sure there is no bacteria getting into it???
Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Bronchitis

Postby LittleMoreAwakeG1 » Fri May 11, 2007 4:51 am

Hi Denise,
I went through a really nasty bronchitis a while after I started using CPAP. It was awful and lasted about 2 months. I was given wrong antibiotics initially which dragged things out. My understanding is that one of the most important things is to make sure your filter is changed according to schedule, or even earlier if you´re having problems as it may have acquired some strange germ or something in the meantime. Also, keep the hose and mask clean using standard cleaning procedures as found in your manual.

I noticed my problem mainly occurred when using the humidifier. I no longer use that functionality and things have been going pretty well since that incident. Best of luck to you. ***** Definitely see your sleep specialist about the situation though. Pneumonia and bronchitis is nothing to mess with.*****
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respiratory infections

Postby Denise » Fri May 11, 2007 3:39 pm

The machine I have is the RESMED S7. I guess I'm not too familiar with the whole setup. I didn'trealize I could turn the humidifier off. After this infection clears, I'm going to try the CPAP wihthout the humidifier. Also, I just ordered some of the disenfectant solution to make sure I get everything totally clean.
Thanks for all your advice.
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Chronic Respitory Infection

Postby Caruso » Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:45 pm

I'm so glad my wife found this link. I've been in the Drs office starting mid December to yesterday 3 times (all with chest infections that are either Bronchitis or Pneumonia). I've never been this sick (chronically) until I started CPAP. I have been always using my humidifier on a mid level setting and I stated noticing what I describe as soap bubbles popping in my upper chest when I inhale and exhale. Then I called the company who provides the CPAP to ask if chronic chest infections can be either caused or prolonged by CPAP. Not answering “yes” the technician said that I need to be religions about cleaning my machine, tubing & changing filters. I also noticed that I got dizzy during an 8 week episode (during same timeframe) where nothing the Dr. provided allieviated the symptoms. My Dr. said that inner-ear infections can cause this and I seem to think that this is also related to the pressure caused in the ear drum with CPAP (when you swallow while the machine is on) combined with the chest infection.
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Postby tiredteacher » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:25 pm

Just wondering... could lack of sleep be making people more susceptible to illness? Fatigue does wear down immuninity.
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Postby floppysleeper » Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:25 am

I am also on my second bout of pneumonia since I started cpap last July. Oddly enough both times when I was on vacation. Once in the hospital in Cody WY, this time in Vegas. I had never in my life had problems before. I know it's related somehow but not sure how. My pressure was recently changed form 12-20 to 14-25 so have been having some ear problems lately as well. I got that feeling on the plane where it felt like my ears needed to pop and took two days for it to go away. I am not so great about cleaning my machine itself but I clean my water tank daily and change the filter every weekend and clean the hoses then also.
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Postby Bearded One » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:44 am

I haven't had any URI problems that I can attribute to my CPAP; and I do not use a humidifier.

I make sure that the filters aren't really dirty. I rotate my masks every couple of weeks or so, and my mask gets washed and put in a ziplock bag before putting it into the CPAP mask drawer.

I used a humidifier for a few months when I got a new CPAP that had an integrated humidifier. I had strep throat twice while I was using the humidifier, and although it is odd for me to get strep since I had my tonsils out, I don't think that the strep was related to humidifier use. When I used a humidifier, I cleaned my water chamber, hose, and mask every week or two. Since I stopped using a humidifier, I don't remember when I last washed my hose.

My current cleaaning pattern:

Filters: when dirty
Mask: every two or three weeks or so
Hose: Maybe someday

URI's attributed to CPAP usage: None
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Postby Bearded One » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:46 am

I haven't had any URI problems that I can attribute to my CPAP; and I do not use a humidifier.

I make sure that the filters aren't really dirty. I rotate my masks every couple of weeks or so, and my mask gets washed and put in a ziplock bag before putting it into the CPAP mask drawer.

I used a humidifier for a few months when I got a new CPAP that had an integrated humidifier. I had strep throat twice while I was using the humidifier, and although it is odd for me to get strep since I had my tonsils out, I don't think that the strep was related to humidifier use. When I used a humidifier I cleaned my water chamber, hose, and mask every week or two. Since I stopped using a humidifier, I don't remember when I last washed my hose.

My current cleaaning pattern:

Filters: when dirty
Mask: every two or three weeks or so
Hose: Maybe someday

URI's attributed to CPAP usage: None
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Postby Disturbedfan » Sat May 24, 2008 10:45 am

I started on the C-Pap machine in February of this year and I have been sick with upper respitory infections and bronchitis ever since. I haven't had an upper respitory infection in over 10 years. I had a sneeking suspicion that it was somehow related to the C-Pap machine. I also use the humidifier and wash the nose piece every night or every other night. I suspect that since germs live in the nasal passages and don't necessarily travel through your respitory system, the C-Pap machine somehow forces those germs into your lungs causing reoccurring respitory problems. I quit using the machine and am finally starting to get over this for the fifth time. I am going to stop using the humidifier also and wait until I am completely over this to resume the C-Pap.

Thanks to everyone that posted their concerns regarding this issue because it confirms my suspicions. Please anyone if you have any suggestions on how to avoid getting sick using the C-Pap, your comments would be greatly appreciated!
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Postby Horse44 » Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:32 pm

I have the Same Problem -- been using the CPAP for three years -- dry throat, ear pressure, dry eyes, had bronchitis then strep ....I have been trying to position my neck with a doughnut pillow & using a dental device (for teeth grinfding & I snore less & have been getting better. Since you cannot clean inside the CPAP device I believe there is the introduction of vectors into the lungs.....I am also starting to Cycle in the neighborhood which is increasing my lung capacity -- I am feeling stronger again -- I beleive CPAP my weaken your ability to breath at sleep normally -- I have not used it for 10 days & I think a combination of these changes is working. I also used to have reflux at night from struggling to breath & so far no events. I( also bought a exercise bike for in house use.

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Stuff in the Carpet

Postby SleepyMatthew » Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:33 pm

I started cpap 2 months ago and noticed unpleasant odors in the air I was breathing - I was putting my machine directly on the carpet next to my bed. I raised it up off the carpet with a thick book and haven't had those odors anymore. Even if they are well vacuumed, most carpets have all kinds of mold, dust, and dust mites running around in them, as well as the cpap machine being next to things like shoes and socks, and whatever else is down there. Dusty bedroom furniture could introduce nasties into the air stream as well. Having your cpap on the floor is the equivalent of sticking your nose into the carpet and taking deep breaths.

Something to consider... :-(

I noticed cpap does make me immune from the results of my girlfriend eating beans and such though. :)
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Postby janey » Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:56 pm

hey everybody i'm the queen of bronchitis this year. started in dec 1 08 and i'm on my last doses of the 2nd round anti~biotics this week. here are my thoughts to it. if you are sick; wash your mask every day and rinse well with vineager/ water: 50/ 50 of each, also wash your hoses every day too rinse with vineager water. if you breath in thru it and you breath out of it the germies are in the mask and hoses and reinfecting yourself. if you use humidfier wash it every day too and use the vineager water to rinse it. also another thing to add is get rid of your toothbrush while you are sick or disinfect it with hydrogen peroxide on daily basis. clean your filters daily too. a clean machine is better then a sick person. i know it's a lot of work but it beats being miserable and sick for months.
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