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Well i never knew such thing existed BAGPIPE LUNG

In todays news case of BAGPIPE lung caused by Wind musicians and poor hygiene as fatal case of 'bagpipe lung' reported

Doctors discovered that trigger for fatal case of hypersensitivity pneumonitis was likely to have been fungi living inside man’s bagpipes.

I guess if we using nebuliser we should all pay attension to goid hygiene.


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I read this as well Jeff - caused a bit of consternation as my 14year old Grandson plays the trumpet & his 11year old brother plays the saxophone . Always something to worry about isn't there ?


Hi yer like the say if its not one thing its other

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if this helps, I played the flute from age 6 to 18. Iplayed it because the breathing discipline helped me to handle my condition. I never caught an infection from it. I did clean it through with a cloth soaked in dettol threaded on to the cleaning stick. I presumethat trumpets and saxaphones have a similar means of cleaning.

in the arm we had quite a few bandsmen with bugulars lung

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I was recently told by my respitory team, that nebulisers are common for harbouring bacteria. There just the correct environment, heat and moisture.

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Hi stone you not wrong there.

Last post i did on nebuliser and poor hygiene was deleted.

But nebuliser do and can cause LEGIONELLA but dont think blf like post on that.

But am all for raising awareness



Hi stone, I have been nebulising since 1982 - one thing or another. I have never caught an infection because I employ basic hygeine principals. Wash it out after every use and boil for ten mins every week with a couple of drops of washing up liquid.

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I just wash my nebuliser mask and medication container in hot water.....should I use Milton or similar. Trouble is my small hand held nebuliser has a metal diffuser.

Any information welcome. As you say something else to worry about.


Found this.


How to care for your nebulizer:

Clean after each use: Wash the container and mouthpiece or mask with dish soap and hot water. Shake off the excess water and let the parts air dry. Remove any mucus or medicine stuck to the machine or tubing.

Disinfect at least 3 times a week: Soak the nebulizer parts in diluted white vinegar or the disinfecting solution that your primary healthcare provider recommends. Soak for as long as directed. Rinse the parts and let them air dry.

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Thanks stone....I have never disinfected mine......could explain a lot! I do replace the mask etc from time to time.

Heard that on the news. Terrible. Xx

I believe there have been a few similar problems with the mouthpieces of non-disposable ecigs.

Thanks for that Tee - hadn't come across any verified cases so far but I'll certainly "up" my cleaning regime on my tips. The propylene glycol is an anti-bacterial but they still need a daily wash-out.

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