CPAP and Upper Respiratory/Sinus Infections
The topic of CPAP causing upper respiratory/sinus infections has come up a lot lately in my world. We recently had to replace a patient’s CPAP, not because he has an infection, but because he believes that his infection was caused by the fact that his particular machine is a Respironics Certified repaired, or “re-certified” machine. I completely, completely agree that we should replace the machine! Since the patient paid for a new machine he should get a brand spanking new machine. However, we are not replacing it because he believes this is the source of his infection. I do not believe that Respironics would risk its reputation by distributing “re-certified” machines if they were thought to cause infections.
Many equipment companies, including us, rent CPAP machines to people for various reasons. And we do this without concern of cross-contaminating people! If I was out-of-town and my machine broke, I would hope that I would find a company that would rent a machine to me temporarily! Yes, people get “infections” after using CPAP therapy, but the reason has nothing to do with germs in the machine. You get more germs from touching a doorknob for goodness’ sake!
The real reason for upper respiratory/sinus infections post CPAP use is upper airway irritation from constant air blowing on the tissues of the upper airway. And in many cases, it isn’t a true infection. For a very well written explanation of this medical phenomenon, visit http://www.sleepguide.com/forum/topics/cpap-sinus-infection?id=2549090%3ATopic%3A56335&page=8#comments. The author, Steven Y. Park, MD is an ENT and regular contributer at http://www.sleepguide.com, a forum for sleep apnea patients and professionals.
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