Starlette wrote:Good morning everyone,
Last 2 - 3 weeks, I have had a serious out of pneumonia. This morning, as I was cleaning my mask, I thought about sanitizing it.
I am asking what you consider the best way to do so. In addition, I would like to do the same thing with my heated hose.
With the heated hose, how do I clean and sanitize it as well?
What specific type of pneumonia?
Did you get a pneumonia shot? (that's the best way to keep it from happening) http://www.belmarrahealth.com/is-pneumo ... pneumonia/ http://www.webmd.com/lung/tc/pneumonia-topic-overview#1
Unless the actual germs were sucked into your CPAP air intake and got past your filters, water, etc., the likelihood of your equipment holding the germs/viruses/bacteria is highly remote. And, should not reinfect you if they are there.
Just soap and water should be sufficient to clean your mask. "Sanitizing" is not necessary. The air goes ONE WAY through the machine. You couldn't blow hard enough against the air to get anything back down the hose.
At around this very time in 2011, I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia (coughing up blood, etc.) and was very sick for about a week (lower 3rd lobe of the right lung was where it was located). I tried to find out how I could have contracted it, but none of the medical folks at the hospital could tell me. I was curious as to IF they would suggest that it came from the equipment (since that's been a big source of conjecture on this forum), but they never even hinted that could be a source. The only thing they DID say was that there had been LOTS of local cases of it around that time. So, it was apparently something that was "going around" and many people caught it.
If you haven't......get the shot.
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