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Airmini creates allergic reaction?

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bmonster +0 points · over 1 year ago Original Poster

I purchased an airmini over a year ago. Did not have a problem. I only use it when away from home so not very much. Lately I wake up sneezing like crazy. Nose starts running and this can go on for 1-3 days. I have tried everything including the humidex plus disc for some supposed humidity. New filter, hose, mask etc. even bought a small travel cpap cleaner which seemed to help at first. I have an air sense 10 for home with no problems. This is absolutely terrible. The company, Resmed, tells me they never heard of this problem and I don’t believe them. I have found others online with similar complaints. This was very expensive and I don’t want to just trash it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Sierra +0 points · over 1 year ago Sleep Patron

I don't have this machine. My wife has a S9 machine and claims it causes her allergic reaction. She also claims if she washes the mask daily instead of weekly it helps. I have the A10 and have no issues with mine.

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zleepy +0 points · 8 months ago

I joined this forum as I thought I'm the only one having this issue with Airmini. I have the exact similar experience as @bmonster described. I actually stopped using it for about a year due to these reactions. About 2 days ago, I decided to give it a try after cleaning all the parts. I woke up feeling great except that I started having these reactions described by @bmonster. As an experiment, I just ordered a new N20 System Setup Pack to see if a new set of tube, connector, etc..would make any difference. I'll give feedback once I've completed this experiment.

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Sierra +0 points · 8 months ago Sleep Patron

You wouldn't be using something like SoClean to clean it would you? I don't think they are a good idea. Washing the parts with full strength vinegar and then doing a rinse with Dawn dish soap, and then just water works well for me. I don't think there is anything much different about the AirMini other than it does not have the full humidifier. I believe the system on the AirMini basically recycles the moisture in your breath. We have a Z1 Auto but never use it, as it does not have a humidifier. We prefer to travel with the full size machines.

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bmonster +0 points · 8 months ago Original Poster

I appreciate the response but I can't handle the smell of vinegar and I am allergic to Dawn but do use another dish soap to wash. I am sure vinegar probably does a good job if you can handle the smell.

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bmonster +0 points · 8 months ago Original Poster

I did not have a problem with the Airsense until after 2 years. I was told to increase the moisture level which I have done. I don't think that is the answer. With all new equipment for the Airsense 10 I find that I have to rinse the tubing at most in 2 days. I am washing the water reservoir every day. It's really a pain in the neck but I do it. After the Air Mini I bought a Transcend 360 mini cpap for travel. It does have a water reservoir. I have the very same problem. It is really bizarre. I had no problems for many months and then it began to create a major problem as well. This is crazy. The runny nose can last up to 3 days. And I can sneeze 10 times in a row. It's not always this bad, but can be. I know I really need to use it but I am very unhappy. Also, I was told that I would wake up very rested and that has never happened. I still have events at night but not usually more than 4 or 5 per hour which is a huge difference from before.

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Sierra +0 points · 8 months ago Sleep Patron

We use reverse osmosis treated water in the water reservoir and can go 2 weeks between cleanings. Vinegar is good for cleaning the reservoir as even with RO water, mineral deposits will build up. I find the soap and water gets rid of the vinegar smell. But, another alternative for cleaning would be a citric acid solution. Wine and beer making supply stores should have it as a powder.

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bmonster +0 points · 8 months ago Original Poster

I don't have the reverse osmosis system in my house. I understand what you say about using soap and water to get rid of the vinegar smell but I can't tolerate it to use it at all. I do use Distilled water as per the instructions. I guess my goal at this point is to find a way not to have to clean everything every day since sometimes I am traveling which makes it difficult to let dry but it is what it is. Thanks for the suggestions. Very appreciated.

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Sierra +0 points · 8 months ago Sleep Patron

We do not have an RO in our house. I just use a couple of 5 gallon reusable containers to get RO water from a local hardware store. I like to protect the plastic trees that get cut down to make all the plastic containers that distilled water gets sold in!

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bmonster +0 points · 8 months ago Original Poster

I am not aware of this in my area but I will investigate it. Has the manufacturer agreed to the use of RO instead of Distilled Water?

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Sierra +0 points · 4 months ago Sleep Patron

RO water depending on the type of RO is not quite as pure as distilled water. The purest water would be deionized water. Ultra purity is not really a concern as long as the water is clean and bacteria free.

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bmonster +0 points · 8 months ago Original Poster

That's very interesting. I am not aware of this in my area but I will investigate it. Again, thank you.

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Sierra +0 points · 8 months ago Sleep Patron

I am in Canada and you can find the Ultra-Pure dispensing machines in places like Canadian Tire, or the large grocery store chains. Here is a link to what looks like a distributer company. They generally have two options; Ultra-Pure, or Ultra-Plus. The Plus has minerals added so you don't want that one. It seems demand has gone up since COVID, and generally people seem to be drinking it. I have no idea why. I was originally getting it for $1 per 5 gallon jug, but then it went to $2, and at my last pick up, it was $3. Still cheaper than the 1 gallon jug option though.

https://www.dyna-pro.com/ultra-puretrade-retail-dispensers1.html

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rcacioppo +0 points · 4 months ago

I too am having allergic type reactions (teary puffy eyes and watery nasal drip) with AirMini after I use it for more than two consecutive nights. My supplier and Resmed say they have never had this problem occur before. I don't believe them as you have had similar problems. As best I can tell, it is related to HumidX HME cartridge. I have no such problems with my Resmed home unit using distilled water. I have paid to have the CPAP machine replaced, used cleaned tubes, new nasal pad, new HumidX and replaced the air intake filter. Still having the same problem beginning on the third night of consecutive use. Any solutions found other than quit using the product?

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Sierra +0 points · 4 months ago Sleep Patron

A thorough cleaning is about all I can suggest. When we travel we just bring our home AirSense 10 AutoSet machines with us. They pack up easily and don't take up that much room. With air travel you can bring them on board without charge as they are medical equipment.

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Tish +0 points · 3 months ago

I have had the exact same problem, but it doesn't happen all the time. I only use my AirMini for travel and this time I started to use it the first night with a new HumidX filter but woke up in the middle of the night with a horrible feeling in my nose. I immediately took off the face mask and turned it off. I. proceeded to sneeze violently for several hours. It's been three days and my nose is still itchy and I'm constantly sneezing. I haven't tried using it again on this trip. Glad to see that it's not just me, but it would be nice to find a solution to this problem.

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bmonster +0 points · 3 months ago Original Poster

I returned the air mini. Too much money for something that creates such violent reactions. I think they know about this problem. The only suggestion that I can make is wash the hose everyday. That’s hard when traveling but then I washed it prior to using it.

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rcacioppo +0 points · 2 months ago

I have since gotten rid of the ResMed AirMini and replaced it with Transcend 365. It uses distilled water like my home unit and I have not experienced any problems. That being the case, the HME has be the issue as it was the only difference and problem among now three machines.

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AirMiniAtlanta +0 points · about 1 month ago

AirMini user. I had the same reaction as bmonster. This is not the first time for me. I am a mess. This happened a few months ago. I have wasted $1000 on buying this machine. My next 3 days at this conference will be trying to stop the sneezing which turns into annoying cold type symptoms. This machine is not for me! BTY I do not have any problem with my ResMed home unit.

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