Patients with obstructive sleep apnea have constant episodes of obstructed breathing, especially in their sleep. A recommended treatment option for this condition is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. A CPAP machines works by directing pressurized air to the sleep apnea patient’s lungs, which helps to keep their airways open.
Unfortunately, the pressurized air from your CPAP machine will often draw fluids from your sinuses. This often causes nosebleeds and nasal infections. To help deal with this issue, most CPAP machines come with heated humidifiers. A CPAP humidifier helps reduce nosebleeds and also eliminates nasal congestion and a dry mouth and nose.
A CPAP machine humidifier is built to function with CPAP water.
CPAP machine water is quality, pure water that has been distilled to remove all contaminants and minerals.
Why Use Distilled Water for CPAP Machines?
If you use a humidifier with your CPAP machine, you may be wondering whether it’s safe to use tap water with it.
Unfortunately, it isn’t.
Tap water is unsafe and unhealthy to use on your humidifier, as it contains bacteria and minerals. Similarly, you shouldn’t use boiled or bottled water in your CPAP machine as this water, although safe to drink, isn't free of chemicals and minerals. On the same note, don’t use well or spring water as this water does contain dissolved magnesium, calcium, and other minerals.
If you use water that has bacteria, chemicals, and minerals in your humidifier, these contaminants will be sent out through the CPAP mask to your airways.
The safest water for CPAP machines is CPAP water. This water is specifically made for your machine, and it’s also distilled to get rid of contaminants and bacteria.
Besides, distilled water for CPAP machine doesn’t have minerals that often cause the buildup of mineral deposits in your machine. Such mineral deposits are also abrasive and will often damage the water chamber and other plastic parts of your CPAP device.
So, in addition to protecting your health, CPAP water also extends the life of your humidifier.
How Often Should You Change the Water for the CPAP Machine?
A CPAP humidifier should be emptied daily. Even if there is some CPAP water remaining in your water chamber, ensure you rinse and refill it with fresh water. This helps prevent the growth of mold, bacteria, and other microorganisms.
Remember, if your humidifier becomes the breeding ground for mold and bacteria, you’ll be exposing your lungs to these contaminants.
After emptying and rinsing the water tank, you need to pat it dry with a clean towel before you fill it up.
Additionally, ensure you clean the water chamber with a 20% vinegar solution weekly to keep it clean and sterile. Always rinse the chamber under running water to remove the vinegar solution and any other traces of chemicals. You also need to check the water filters and change them regularly according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
When cleaning your water tank, ensure you also don’t add or use substances that might be harmful to your health.
Such substances include the following substances.
- Scented oil
- Water softeners
- Moisturizing or antibacterial soap
What Water Should You Use When Traveling
If you have a portable CPAP machine that you use when traveling, you may wonder what you can use in your humidifier.
We recommend that you always carry your CPAP water when traveling. You can buy 12-ounce bottles of CPAP water that you can comfortably carry during your vacation from No Insurance Medical Supplies.
However, in case you forget to carry your machine’s CPAP water, you can use distilled water. Distilled water is often available in specialty stores and some grocery stores or pharmacies.
Remember, you should never use water that isn’t safe to drink in your CPAP humidifier.
Where to Buy CPAP Water for Your Machine
CPAP water isn’t the same as regular water. So, you’ll not find it in grocery stores.
At No Insurance Medical Supplies, we sell pure CPAP water made specifically for your CPAP machine.
This CPAP machine water is bacterial-free, sterile, and safe to use with your heated humidifier. It’s also packaged in a tightly sealed container to ensure it isn’t exposed to atmospheric contaminants.
Go ahead and contact us today to get your CPAP water