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Nirvana Offline

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Posts: 21
Joined: Dec 2013

Machine: RESMED
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Quattro Air
Humidifier: RESMED
CPAP Pressure: 7-12
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: Started CPAP 12/3/2013

Sex: Male
Location: United States

Post: #1
Sick From CPAP
Lastnight, my CPAP humidifier ran out of water and I woke up to inhaling an awful smell, like burning tin. Now, I feel nauseous...

I have a new ResMed. Can those fumes harm you?
03-09-2014 11:44 AM
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justMongo Offline

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Posts: 3,840
Joined: Sep 2013

Machine: ResMed VPAP Auto (S9)
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: ResMed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18 IPAPmax - 11 EPAPmin, PS=5
CPAP Software: Other Software

Other Comments: μολὼν λαβέ

Sex: Male
Location: Калифорния

Post: #2
RE: Sick From CPAP
The smell is likely from overheated plastic in the tank.
You don't want to be inhaling that on a daily basis -- but, don't worry about a single exposure. There are plenty of more harmful pollutants in the air.

Make sure you're getting your tank filled to the line every day. Dial down your humidifier a bit to avoid running dry.

How much water a sleep session will use depends on the air temp and the relative humidity. So, you may see seasonal differences in the amount of water it uses.

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03-09-2014 12:36 PM
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zonk Offline

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Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: Integrated /ClimateLineAir
CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

Post: #3
RE: Sick From CPAP
See the doctor to be the safe side

How is your leak rate, any improvement since you posted last time
03-09-2014 01:04 PM
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