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Can the CPAP Damage the lungs or cause infections?
My husband was recently told by a doctor that he has early emphysema.  He is not a smoker, but he has used the cpap for several years now.  Could not changing his tubing and mask cause an infection in his lungs that could cause him to have these problems? (it has been a long time since he changed his tubing and we are remedying that today)   Around July of this year he started noticing a heaviness in his chest and it got bad enough that he had me make him a doctor appointment.  So the result of that breathing test is early emphysema.  Could it be some type of fungal infection?  I'm looking for some hope and help here.  

He can't get into a specialist for 6-8 weeks, so while we have waiting time and I figured I would do a little research.  
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351246 tn?1379685732
Hi!
Yes, CPAP can affect the upper airway passages, even if it does not affect the lungs directly. Well, sneezing and watery eyes can be due to a reaction to CPAP machine. This machine dries up the eyes and nasal passages which causes irritation, burning and sneezing. You can try a cold water humidifier to start with. If you already have a humidifier and you still experience these symptoms you may need a heated humidifier. In most cases this resolves nasal congestion and irritation if it is caused by CPAP. However, its best to consult your specialist.
However, if you have cough, difficulty breathing and other such lung related symptoms, please consult a doctor immediately.
Take care!
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Follow this alternate nostril breathing technique to improve the lung function. You will notice the difference in weeks.Both of you can do it.
Build up your timing gradually.If you feel tired or dizzy, stop and resume after one minute.
Anulom Vilom pranayam –
Close your right nostril with thumb and deep breath-in through left nostril  
then – close left nostril with two fingers and breath-out through right nostril  
then -keeping the left nostril closed  deep breath-in through right nostril
then - close your right nostril with thumb and breath-out through left nostril.
This is one cycle of anulom vilom.
Repeat this cycle for 15 to 30  minutes twice a day.
Children under 15 years – do 5 to 10 minutes twice a day.
You can do this before breakfast/lunch/dinner or before bedtime or in bed.Remember to take deep long breaths into the lungs.You can do this while sitting on floor or chair or lying in bed.
February 6 ,2012
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I had to discontinue using my cpap, due to chronic lung infections. Changing the tubing, keeping it spotless, did not help prevent infection for me. Stopping the cpap treatment, is the only thing that prevented the chronic lung infections...and I always used the humitifer, which never helped prevent any infection... I regret ever having the sleep study and I regret what all the money and time it cost me, and the suffering of 3 years of lung infections...I am so done using the cpap treatment!
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Cpap machines are a scam.   Horrible contraptions that ruin health and break relationships. Big money is made selling these monstrous, ugly, humiliating machines.  All of the companies want you to think that they are wonderful and your spouse will love it and it's great look. You will have a personal, intimate relationship with this machine that will become more important than your spouse. Your spouse will feel left out, betrayed and alone. Do not fall for the scam. Demand another option.
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I have been using a CPAP for 22 years and they only got an upper respiratory infection if I didn't keep my mask and unit clean which is my own fault they tell you to clean it every 3 to 5 days and a change out your stuff Timely but it has made such a huge difference in my life I wouldn't go without it I just need to be more on the ball when it comes to keeping it clean I have done a lot of research on sleep apnea and CPAP is a incredible connection between congestive heart failure and other heart diseases I used to fall asleep driving to CPAP has changed my life for the better
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@fisches -- that new age attitude kills people. CPAP machines save lives, period.
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@fisches -- that new age attitude kills people. CPAP machines save lives, period.
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I had to discontinue using my cpap, due to chronic lung infections. Changing the tubing, keeping it spotless, did not help prevent infection for me. Stopping the cpap treatment, is the only thing that prevented the chronic lung infections...and I always used the humitifer, which never helped prevent any infection... I regret ever having the sleep study and I regret what all the money and time it cost me, and the suffering of 3 years of lung infections...I am so done using the cpap treatment!
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@BarbAng -- I hope you have some other treatment options, as chronic sleep apnea puts your health at risk.
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The tubing on all machines should an changed at least every 2 to 3 months... That is what my o2 specialist told me. The air ways gain bacteria and can cause problems.  I did that, started exercising and a correct diet. Things have changed, I am getting rid of breathing machine and all that goes with it.  I have never heard anything good about the CPAP.. And hope that any one on it gets off soon.
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