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Problem with SoClean2
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Problem with SoClean2
After I bought my SoClean2, I found that it worked great and I didn't have to wash my hose, mask, and reservoir every two or three days anymore. And I woke up without a headache in the morning. 

This is no longer true. Now it's almost as if I didn't have it, because if I don't very frequently wash the mask, hose, etc. I get headaches that interrupt my sleep and make me uncomfortable upon waking up. I don't mind the residue on the mask or the smell of the ozone.

I have the following questions:

1. Is this typical?
2. Is there something short of sending it for repair that can help? I replaced the filter and other part, which didn't help.
3. Is it possible to repair the machine to correct this? If so, I'm wondering how long it would take to send it in and get it back
4. Would it be worth it to buy a new one or is this likely to happen again? As you know, insurance doesn't cover a replacement and I think I'm out of warranty.
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If it were me I'd start washing the equipment again and chuck the SoClean. Shoot if you washed it once a week it would still be cleaner than what SoClean does.
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RE: Problem with SoClean2
Ditto.

SoClean does not actually clean anything. It may (or may not) inhibit bacterial growth, but it is not a cleaner.
Even the user's manual states that you STILL have to physically clean your equipment regularly.
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RE: Problem with SoClean2
As you know, the whole purpose of the SoClean2 is to kill bacteria, which is what causes the headaches and sore throats. And when I first bought it the headaches and sore throats went away, and I didn't even have to wash it that frequently. It made a big difference in my sleep. But now, in spite of it going on and my smelling the ozone in the mask it doesn't seem to have any effect.

So what are you saying, exactly? That you know for a fact that SoCleans don't work and therefore I shouldn't get it fixed or replaced? If so, what is your opinion based upon?
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RE: Problem with SoClean2
To add to my message of a few minutes ago, let me repeat from my original question. As I said, I have been frequently washing the reservoir, hose, and mask in addition to the SoClean2, typically every two or three days. I'm still having problems, which had disappeared after I first bought the SoClean2. Please respond to my message only if you have some actual helpful information.
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RE: Problem with SoClean2
I won't try to convince you. But I'll direct you to a Thread that had a good long discussion on it. You might like reading it. http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...ht=SoClean
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RE: Problem with SoClean2
Walla Walla and others on here are correct. That thread is an excellent one to read through to give you more info with even some solid input by a subject matter expert on germs.

In all seriousness, this So Clean machine does not clean and is NOT worth spending your money on. Save your money and wash it with soap and water regularly instead.
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RE: Problem with SoClean2
I have not heard that SoClean prevents morning headaches, we usually rely on effective therapy for that. My recommendation is that you start using a more detailed software like SleepyHead, and look for issues that might correlate to days you wake up with headaches. Unless your machine is badly contaminated, I'm at a loss as to what "pathogens" could be associated with the symptoms you describe. Considering you in fact take good care of your equipment, I don't think hygiene has anything to do with how your're feeling. Let's look for the real cause.
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RE: Problem with SoClean2
If I had to guess, I would think that the device in there that produces ozone was not working.  I can't tell you about getting it fixed as I have no knowledge but you should call them as they are very helpful.
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RE: Problem with SoClean2
so I have one and love it. it does have many limitations and does not do it all, nothing really does IMHO. Anyway headaches are usually caused by CO2 retention, I had them, my doctor changed a setting and they left and never came back. It was too early in the process for me to have paid much attention to what he changed.

the soclean should not have anything to do with sleeping with apnea. it cleans the surface of bacteria and by cleans I mean it kills bacteria and not that it somehow blows the dead bacteria out of the machine.

it does not remove oil or any other "film" that may be in or on the machine, this may effect leaks. You say you are still cleaning the equipment, so oil should not be a problem

if you smell ozone in the mask/tube then the soclean is doing exactly what it should be doing. it only generates ozone and pumps it through the CPAP and then times a "soak" cycle. that's it. it is not treatment. it is not even on when you use your CPAP.

as for not sleeping or waking with a headache you need to look elsewhere for that. sleephead and your actual data will let you get help about that.
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