You see us talking about ozone all the time; and you most likely have experience with ozone sanitizing options for your CPAP equipment. But what exactly is ozone and how harmful is it?
In the simplest terms, ozone is a gas containing three oxygen atoms, which happens naturally and artificially. The Earth’s atmosphere naturally creates and absorbs ozone, but it also gets created when man-made products like oil-based paint and gas are made. Often, the effects of ozone can be visible in large cities, smog being the main sign of high ozone concentrations. The higher concentration of ozone doesn’t just remain in large cities, however.
People feel the effects of ozone every day whether they realize it or not. People with respiratory illnesses often feel it more, especially those who use CPAP and oxygen devices. Ozone’s long term effects on lungs have been studied for decades, and the results are alarming.
According to the American Lung Association, ozone causes an increase in respiratory problems including exacerbation of asthma and COPD symptoms, shortness of breath, pulmonary inflammation, coughing and wheezing, and in more severe cases, death. Some studies have even shown that low levels of ozone cause just as severe a reaction over time as higher levels.
What does this have to do with you?
Most likely you have done your research on what CPAP sanitizer is the best; that may even be why you’re reading this blog! It’s important to have as much information as possible before making a purchase that will help you stay healthy. Many CPAP sanitizers on the market use ozone as their sanitizing method. It is important to note that it is effective and does kill bacteria, germs, and viruses, but it is even more important to note that the ozone leftover in your equipment can cause short term and long term health problems for you.
Your CPAP equipment is the most important tool in controlling your breathing at night, and it is crucial to ensure it is clean and sanitized properly. CPAP patients using ozone products often find that they experience more sinus and respiratory infections, more pneumonia and bronchitis diagnosis, more headaches, and find that their CPAP machines don’t help them as much.
The truth is that we cannot completely avoid ozone, but you can make the choice to eliminate it as a sanitizing option for your CPAP equipment by choosing the LiViliti Paptizer. There’s no ozone, no harmful chemicals, and no downtime after sanitizing before using your product again. You have to live with your CPAP, you shouldn’t have to live with the effects of ozone.