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Airmini creates allergic reaction?

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Agent86 +0 points · 21 days ago

I am posting and following to keep this issue fresh and alive and provide additional vindication to others who have had this experience.

I am a long time a ResMed Airsense 10 user. I have had no issues with the Airsense 10. Have had 2 of them and had great trust in Resmed reputation.

I purchased an AirMini about 6 weeks ago to make travel and camping more convenient. I have used the AirMini a total of 4 times spread out over the 6 weeks. I use the nasal pillows.

First time I used the Airmini, it had a weird smell to it from the HumidX. I woke up with a tickle up in my nostril and the tip of my nose feeling very cold. I started sneezing non stop for about 30-40 minutes. At the same time my nose started running non stop. These symptoms lasted for for 3-4 days and were not effected by OTC cold medicine. It was pretty miserable. I was not sure if it was the flu or from the Airmini.

The second time I used the Airmini was on a trip. The same progression and symptoms occurred and also lasted 3-4 days. Nothing seemed to help or control the symptoms.

The third time I used the Airmini about a month ago I had a no symptoms.

I was still wary of using the Airmini on important trips. I found on this forum and others that people were having the same experience with the AirMini and that it was possibly caused by humidity issues.

Last night I was in good health and had not been around groups of people for awhile, so I decided to run a test and used the Airmini instead of my Airsense 10. I frequently set my nose, added a few drops of distilled water to the HumidX filter. The first half of the night went ok. I monitored for any symptoms and intended to discontinue at the first sign of any issues.

At 3:30 am this morning it hit. Tickle in the back of the left nostril, some sneezing, and the runny nose. Both nostrils now plugged. I have taken some Benedryl and cold medicine, hoping that I can avoid 3-4 days of misery and chaffed nose.

There is no doubt in my mind that this reaction is caused by the AirMini. As others have pointed out, the disappointment is in not getting a workable product and losing over $1000 in the process. I will contact Resmed but I expect they wii say Airmini is past the return period.

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Sierra +0 points · 21 days ago Sleep Patron

We have a Z1 Auto travel machine, but never find it worth the trouble to use it. My wife and I just take our AirSense 10 machines. When we use our trailer off grid, we use the 12 volt to 24 volt DC adapter. The humidifier and heated hose take a lot of power so I just turn them off so we can manage the discharge of the trailer batteries so they can be recharged the next day with solar chargers. We have not found any significant issues going without a humidifier, but once when it was quite cold I did get some condensation in the hose that was not heated. My advice to people considering a travel machine is to not bother. Not worth the hassle.

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doylecom +0 points · 21 days ago

I called ResMed and basically got the runaround about how I should be checked for allergies…just ridiculous…allergies to what? No help at all and I’m really annoyed because I do travel a lot and getting the damned distilled water is nearly impossible many times. That’s why I invested so much in the Mini and bought a supply of the Humidex filters. Everyone who has this problem should complain to them. It has been five days now and I’m much better but still not feeling great and taking medication for the symptoms.

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Sierra +0 points · 18 days ago Sleep Patron

My wife and I both have CPAPs. When we travel we use tap water for the humidifier. It just means a bit extra time cleaning the humidifier reservoir with vinegar after you get home to get rid if the minerals. Does not damage the machine or the person. The humidifier acts as a distillation unit and only pure water gets breathed in.

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gene814 +0 points · 21 days ago

I've given up on the Air Mini. I don't take my cpap machine when I travel. Since my apnea is mild, the doctor said to go to an orthodontist who could make an apnea mouth guard or try making a mouth guard for apnea. The orthodontist made one that I used for a while, till I had some dental work done. Then I bought a do-it-yourself mouth guard for apnea for 30 or 40 dollars and followed the instructions. These seemed to work.

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DJUniverse +0 points · 18 days ago

I’m glad (under the crappy circumstances) that we are all experiencing this issue. It’s time we need to think about a class action lawsuit. A $1000 purchase that makes us worse isn’t something to sneeze at, so to speak.

I don’t have apnea. I snore, and to keep my marriage happy, I bought the ResMed AirSense10 (which is flawless) and the Mini, which makes me sicker than a dog. Only I’m not sick. It’s a reaction to this awful device.

If I were to write a letter outlining our issues, how many of you would sign? And no, I’m not a lawyer.

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JSEA +0 points · 18 days ago

I will. Not sure it will do anything but why not.

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Agent86 +0 points · 18 days ago

I would be interested. I also plan to write my own letter asking for an explanation or solution and referencing this thread and others of people having the same issue.

It is a horrible feeling to have to deal with for several days at a time, and I am honestly afraid to try to isolate the problem or try different solutions because of the harm to myself while doing so.

It also sucks to have spent over $1000 on something that I can’t use or even try to fix.

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Daniel26 +0 points · 11 days ago

I will definitely sign that letter, anything that I can help with really..

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JSEA +0 points · 18 days ago

I will. Not sure it will do anything but why not.

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doylecom +0 points · 18 days ago

I certainly will and have been thinking about this myself. Their product does harm! It took me six days to get over feeling awful from using this expensive machine which I don’t dare use again.

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yopi +0 points · 18 days ago

I'd join the letter. It would be a good idea to also send in individual letters. A group letter will show them that the "isolated incident" answer will not work. Individual letters will add pressure. Where should we write to?

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rcacioppo +0 points · 17 days ago

I use the Resmed AirSense 10 with no problems whatsoever, at home or on the road. I bought the AirMini for travel as a more convenient option to replicate the performance I got from the Resmed home unit. I had no problems if I used it for only a night or two. I started noticing sever problems with I used it consecutively for more than two nights. I tried everything working with Resmed to see if I could identify and correct the problems I was experiencing. Nothing helped. My supplier ended up buying the AirMini back from me, but at a depreciated value. I was grateful for something. For replacement I purchased a Transcend 365 travel CPAP mainly because it uses distill water as the home unit does. I had suspected that the problems arose from a lack of humidification over extended periods. It worked great replicating my home unit performance. That is until it did not. I noticed that it was not consuming much if any distilled water. When that happened I got sick, miserably sick. Rounds of back and forth with Transcend resulting in them sending a replacement unit. So far, so good. The short is that the issue I think that is effecting us is a lack of humidification. For people like us that are experiencing these terrible effects, the HumidX HME type exchangers do not provide for sufficient humidification. Machines utilizing distilled water do as long as they are working properly. Resmed and other manufacturers that market travel machines with HME humidification systems should first be warning consumers that the travel units may not be a match for certain people and should be working to produce products that do serve those of us that evidently need the higher levels of humidification.

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