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Hives - mold??

Postby protonman » Wed May 10, 2006 11:38 pm

I'm a veteran CPAP user - continuously for about 8 years. Never had any problems, and my sleep has been great.

Must admit I don't follow a very strict cleaning regime.

Recently I have been having problems with hives - sometimes on the palms of my hands, other times on the soles of my feet, and frequently small patches all over my body.

I'm now on my third dose-pack of prednisolone, and each time I come to the end the hives rebound...

I know I am allergic to sulfa drugs. Otherwise I've never had any allergies.

In a search for the source of what's triggering my immune system to produce hives, I've begin to suspect fungi, molds, or some other microbial invaders in my humidifier. I use filtered water, not distilled water.

Has anyone heard or read of anyone getting hives from mold/mildew/etc. in the CPAP system??

Thank you,
David
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Postby sewbusy220 » Fri Jun 02, 2006 1:29 pm

I also have been on cpap for 8 years, and started developing allergic reactions, I thought since my machine has been working for 8 straight years, and i have a dusty and moldy house.
That perhaps I had mold in my machine, so my providers sent me filters, that the air had to pass through, connected to the hose, and the filters stayed clean and I still had allergy symptoms.
I think I am allergic to the silicone mask, and had to quit using my machine, my face looked like a marshmallow and I had a little bit of trouble, swallowing food.
But I take allergy medication every day, otherwise, I break out in hives, so you might be allergic to other things, not your cpap, because i haven't been using my machine, and i still have allergic reactions and if I don't take my medicine, I am scratching really bad, by noon. So you might want to try over the counter allergy pills, such as claritin.
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Postby protonman » Sat Jun 03, 2006 10:22 am

Thank you, sewbusy220.

I've pretty much come to the conclusion that my hives are not related to either mold or the CPAP, though what's causing them is still a mystery.

A daily dose of 4 mg methlypred keeps them at bay, but I don't want to keep taking prednisone for the rest of my life...
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Postby joshua daniels » Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:48 pm

iv been on cpap for 3 years now and iv always cleaned my machine very well but about 6 months ago i got hives on the palms of my hands and feet realy deep and painfull 1s and have to take alegra in the morning and a zertec at night every day just to keep them at bay i was realy shocked to find som1 els having the exact same problem
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Re: Hives - mold??

Postby efmrrt » Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:23 pm

protonman wrote:I'm a veteran CPAP user - continuously for about 8 years. Never had any problems, and my sleep has been great.

Must admit I don't follow a very strict cleaning regime.

Recently I have been having problems with hives - sometimes on the palms of my hands, other times on the soles of my feet, and frequently small patches all over my body.

I'm now on my third dose-pack of prednisolone, and each time I come to the end the hives rebound...

I know I am allergic to sulfa drugs. Otherwise I've never had any allergies.

In a search for the source of what's triggering my immune system to produce hives, I've begin to suspect fungi, molds, or some other microbial invaders in my humidifier. I use filtered water, not distilled water.

Has anyone heard or read of anyone getting hives from mold/mildew/etc. in the CPAP system??

Thank you,
David


Congrads on the 8 years.

Cleaning - All I'll say is you really should.

Skin issues - have you seen a dermatologist? Or is the 1' md trying treatments? Sounds like it may be eczema or psoriasis? If it was a reaction to the mask it seems like it would be on the face and not hands/feet. Sometimes the manufacturers change the chemical makeup of the mask and that could cause a problem.

Hard to say without more info.
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Postby protonman » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:17 pm

My original note was posted several years ago. I now know that the hives/allergies had nothing to do with the CPAP (or at least the CPAP is NOT a primary cause). In my case the allergies turned out to be due to use of NSAIDS.

Still, I do now make a more conscious effort to try and keep the humidifier water-source and external filters clean"er." I find that the single biggest reason to use distilled water is not for control of infectious agents (bacteria, mold, etc.) but simply because it helps reduce build-up of salts on the heat exchanger plate on the bottom of the water reservoir.

Thanks to all who responded and my best wishes to those who struggle with hives and allergies. Don't give up until you identify and eliminate the source of your allergic reaction and certainly don't let any physician just send you off with yet another Rx for some agent to shut down your immune system without also helping you to systematically begin examining your life/style with an eye toward targeting and removing the causal agent(s).

b/t/w I've now used my CPAP 99.9% of the time for the last 12+ years - what a huge difference it makes in my life!

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