• 1 month ago

    Is it a racket?

    I use a CPAP. My equipment provider insists on sending me new hoses and nose pieces every 3 months, because they say that it prevents bacterial buildup in the equipment. I am suspicious. This is costing me more than I think it should, and I think it is an opportunity to make money off me. Why can't I just carefully clean with plastic hoses and other bits with vinegar or a weak bleach solution, replacing the actual equipment only every six months? After all, it's not as if I'm breathing perfectly sterilized air during the day. There's mold and bacteria everywhere, right?

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  • 1 month ago

    RE: Is it a racket?

    I have used my CPAP for nearly 20 years and I fully believe my health is much better today than if I did not use it. I request a new CPAP machine about every 4 to 5 years and when I do the manufacturer is worse than a bill collector in calling me to buy to parts just as you described. I am still using the same hose that I received with my last machine nearly 5 years ago, and the mask is also the same. The only thing I have replaced and do so regularly is the air filter. They are very cheap and available from various web sites. The best advice I think anyone can give you is to purchase an Ozone purifier. One company advertises on television everyday and I think their machine works great. I found another one online and have used it for 2 years now that is about half the cost as most I have seen. Mine works so easy by pumping Ozone into a small bag that I stuff my mask into and run for about 15 minutes. There is a slight odor of Ozone which I don't mind and I fell actually freshens the air in my bedroom. I have not been sick since I started using my purifier and I don't have to wash my mask and hose daily any longer. I hope this helps you.