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CPAP Machine and Filter

CPAP machines are one of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea, and each one requires a specialized CPAP filter to function effectively. Although sleep apnea is hard to diagnose because its main symptoms are fatigue and snoring--symptoms that could signal a number of disorders--there are some treatments that are very successful in eliminating problems relating to sleep apnea. The CPAP machine is one of these therapy options that is simple to use and completely non-invasive. It also requires relatively little lifestyle change because the sleep apnea sufferer only has to use the machine while sleeping so it does not interfere with daily activities.

CPAP Filter Maintenance

There are many different components of the CPAP machine, and the CPAP filter is one of the most important because it ensures good air quality. In addition to the CPAP unit itself which pumps the pressurized air into the lungs, the CPAP machine also involves the tubing, the breathing mask, the filters, etc. Each part plays an important role in the overall functioning of the unit. A CPAP machine is effective in treating sleep apnea because it supplies a constant stream of air that prevents the collapsing or obstruction of the airway.

When using a CPAP machine, it is important to properly maintain it and the CPAP filter. There are two basic types of filters and each one must be maintained differently. One filter type is the white paper filters that are disposable. These filters must be changed every two weeks. The other type of filter is the black sponge filter that is reusable. This type should be removed and washed once a week, but even this reusable filter should be replaced every six months.

The CPAP filter is one of the most integral parts of the machine because it influences the quality of the air that is pumped into the lungs. One common problem associated with regular CPAP use is dryness in the nasal and throat passages caused by the fast moving air that often lacks moisture. If the filter in a CPAP machine is old or dirty or no longer functioning properly, it can further decrease the qualiy of the air that is being transported to the lungs, which can cause even more problems. When a CPAP machine is being used as the primary treatment for sleep apnea, it is important that care be taken to maintain a clean, functioning machine to prevent as many negative side effects as possible and promote better health and improved sleep.

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