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Thu, Mar 21 11:20pm · SoClean Machine in Lung Health

Ozone breaks down very rapidly in an open environment. The ozone produced by the SoClean machine is contained in the system and there is a filter (replaced every 6 months) that helps ensure full breakdown. Even if there was leakage, the concentration of ozone produced by the machine is of dubious risk (unless perhaps you were pumping it directly into your respiratory system). That said, I never open the lid of my SoClean machine when it's running (generating ozone) or during the 2 hour period when the yellow light is on…just to be on the safe side!

Thu, Mar 21 11:04pm · SoClean Machine in Lung Health

My sleep apnea was categorized as mild to moderate, so certainly not as bad as some have it. It has been controlled very well with CPAP. I went from an average of something like 90-100 apnea episodes per night to an average of about 1 per night (based on the data the doctor extracts from the memory card at my check-ups).

I have tried a few different masks and for me, the nasal pillows work best. They are the only thing I can use that rarely ever results in soreness or a painful pressure point.

Also, about 8 or 9 months ago, I switched from the Respironics Nuance headgear to the newest type that has the main air tube at top of your head instead of the "elephant trunk" configuration. It's called the Respironics DreamWear. I think it's been one of the more significant improvements for comfort and convenience. The frame itself has air tubes built in the sides (but they are soft) and they bring air down from the main tube that's positioned above the head. You no longer have it in front of your face, so you can move around easily, change positions while sleeping. I love it.

Sun, Feb 17 11:10pm · SoClean Machine in Lung Health

I have been using a CPAP machine for 13 years. I washed my nasal pillows each morning and changed tubes and other components every 4 to 6 months. I would sometimes clean around the intake nozzle and other accessible areas with 91% alcohol. I've had colds and other upper respiratory issues from time to time but there's no indication that the CPAP machine got me sick.

Nonetheless, I decided to get the SoClean 2 about four months ago. I now wash my nasal pillows about once every 7-10 days, which is far more convenient. I do this because SoClean is a sanitizer but won't remove facial oils. The machine works fine. I have it set to run for 10 minutes at 10 am every day. The ozone cycle can be set to run for anywhere from 7 to 12 minutes. When running, it makes a loud buzz such that you probably would want to be in another room. This is the voltage passing over the plates and converting oxygen in the air into ozone. After that, you leave the lid sealed for 2 hours so the ozone fully permeates your CPAP machine and kills all living bacteria and viruses by oxidation.

Some folks complained of a smell or brown discoloration of their mask after the first few uses but I never experienced either of those issues. I think the trick is to follow the instructions from SoClean: use the provided fragrance-free soap to thoroughly clean your mask and if feasible, use new tubes and generally clean your machine as best as possible prior to setting up your SoClean 2. You will get better results. If your machine is dirty and you run SoClean with it like that from the start, you may smell oxidation related to the ozone attacking residual bacteria or simply grime. I suspect that the discoloration issues might be related, too.

I've been very pleased with my SoClean 2 though as noted, I did without an automated sanitizer for many years so it's more of a luxury than anything else. Or maybe you can think of it as extra insurance, since it will run ozone all through the machine, tank, and hosing. Remember, though, using SoClean doesn't mean you never again wash your mask. You'll still want to do that periodically, if only to remove surface oils.