CPAP machines are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep. This can cause serious health problems and lead to other issues, including breathing difficulty and difficulty breathing during the day.


Philips is the largest producer of CPAPs in the world. Philips is recalling millions of their DreamStation sleep apnea machines. They may contain toxic fumes, including black particles. Some people who have used these devices have experienced respiratory inflammation, sinus infections, and other ailments.

The foam component of the device may degrade into toxic chemicals. When this happens, the foam can enter the user’s body through the device’s airway. This could lead to cancer and other health problems.

FDA issued a Safety Communication regarding the Philips voluntary recall. According to the agency, these devices may release toxic chemical gases, such as dimethyl diazine and 2,6-bis (1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-(1-methylpropyl)-phenol. While this is below the standard limit, it is possible that the chemical gases in the device can be harmful.