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Tube In-Line Bacterial/Viral Filter
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Tube In-Line Bacterial/Viral Filter
    Disclaimer to all reading this: I am a new CPAP user and haven't learned all the ins and outs yet, nor the regular users' verbage!  ?? I have seen a generic bacterial and viral filter that fits at the CPAP machine's outlet port, and it looks like a great idea (photo attached). However, I use Resmed's AirSense 10 machine with ClimateLineAir heated tubing, and because of its special electronic connection to the CPAP machine, nothing can be inserted between the machine housing and the tube. I also use Dreamwear Nasal Pillow mask system which attaches to the tubing at the top of my head, so I can't attach the generic filter there either. 
Any suggestions? Is there a different product out there that could be used with my setup? Any ideas about how the filter could be spliced into my ClimateLineAir tubing?
I'm feeling somewhat better (no a.m. headaches) since starting my CPAP therapy, but am having trouble with sore throats, skin break-outs, etc. and think I may be getting bacterial & viral infections from the concentrated room air that I'm breathing. (FYI, my husband is a woodworker and has his shop at home - so there is regularly wood dust in our home air and I am allergic to some of the wood species.)
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RE: Tube In-Line Bacterial/Viral Filter
A bacterial/viral filter is unnecessary for just about everybody all the time. They rarely use them in the hospital, even for folks on ventilators, unless they are in the ICU. However, with your allergy issue, it very well might be a benefit.

I have seasonal allergies and found that using the BRAND NAME Resmed filter eliminates the problem. Your DME will often only give you knock off brands. Ask specifically for the RESMED brand. The filter is quite a bit different than the knock offs, which is why the knock offs are so cheap.

As far as the sore throats, that is almost always caused by breathing through your mouth while sleeping. You should download your data in Sleephead and look for leaks. Could be you need a chin strap. Could also be that you just need to increase your humidity a little.
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RE: Tube In-Line Bacterial/Viral Filter
There are antibacterial filters available.
If you really want to use them make sure you get plenty and change them often. They will be used in a wet and dark environment. This is conducive to mold, and you don't want that.
Jesse


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RE: Tube In-Line Bacterial/Viral Filter
Are the filters you're talking about used - in place of - the OME filters for the Resmed AirSense 10 supplied with the machine?
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RE: Tube In-Line Bacterial/Viral Filter
How do I download data in SleepHead?    Via wifi, my nightly data is reported on myAir.
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RE: Tube In-Line Bacterial/Viral Filter
(03-14-2018, 12:59 PM)Anita Wrote: Are the filters you're talking about used - in place of - the OME filters for the Resmed AirSense 10 supplied with the machine?

They are not. Never try to supplement or change the filter configuration in the side panel of your machine. That filter is necessary to protect the blower from dirt accumulations which will decrease the life of your machine and impact it's functionality.
Jesse


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RE: Tube In-Line Bacterial/Viral Filter
There is a link at the top of the page for sleepyhead information. You will use the SD card to transfer the data from your CPAP machine to your computer. The links to how to organize and post your data are included in several moderators and advisory members signatures at the bottom of their posts
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RE: Tube In-Line Bacterial/Viral Filter
Then, please tell me where are the anti-allergen filters you talked about placed? Do you have a link to the product or a page that shows their use?
Thanks.
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RE: Tube In-Line Bacterial/Viral Filter
You are welcome! And welcome apnea board! The filter will have to be moved from the machine side to mask side of the hose. Google "in line CPAP filters."
The fitting on your mask is for 22mm hoses which your climateline hose connects to. It is standard size and machines use the same size on machine fittings. I've not used in line filters because of the mold issue.
Jesse


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RE: Tube In-Line Bacterial/Viral Filter
There are upgraded OEM filters that go by names like hypoallergenic filters. They are a bit thicker and have more surface area than the thinner standard filters. I don't recommend the anti-bacterial in line filters. They become contaminated with moisture and mildew, and can make problems worse than not using them. Search for Resmed airsense hypoallergenic filter
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