E-cigarettes have become a popular option in recent years, especially among people who quit smoking and young people. In order to understand vaping allergies, their causes and what to do about them, it is important to understand how e-cigarettes work. As you may already know, an e-cigarette is an electronic device in which a water-based e-juice containing flavorings and nicotine is heated, vaporized and inhaled. Most e-cigarettes are rechargeable via a USB port although some are disposable and only last as long as only two packs of traditional cigarettes. Due to the fact that e-cigarettes produce vaper to take in nicotine, without inhaling other harmful substances in tobacco; it is considered about 95% safer than smoking real cigarettes.
Causes of Allergies in E-Cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are nowhere nearly as dangerous to the person with asthma and allergies compared to the harmful effects of cigarettes. However, the dangers of vapers with allergies cannot be fully dismissed; because allergens found on the e-cigarette could exacerbate allergy symptoms or trigger an asthma attack. An allergen refers to a compound that a person is allergic to. Below we will look at two principle allergens present in e-cigarettes that can lead to affecting allergies.
The typical e-cigarette contains different flavors such as pina colada, chocolate, peppermint, and many others. While these are an essential part of the vaping experience, some may contain ingredients that may contain allergens. Inhaling these allergens for a long time is likely to cause symptoms ranging from mild breathing complications to severe anaphylaxis. To prevent such problems, one should carefully read the labeling and packaging to find out the presence of allergens in the flavors.
2. PG Allergy.
When it comes to e-juice, 2 terms often come up; PG and VG. Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) are odorless liquids that are combined with nicotine and flavor in order to create e-liquid or e-juice. The ratio of VG versus PG usually varies from one type of e-juice to another. Some people usually experience allergic symptoms and reactions when vaping e-juice containing PG and can be said to have a PG allergy or sensitivity.
Some of the tell-tale symptoms that afflict PG allergic people include a cough, severe sore throat, rashes, chest tightness, and headaches. So what do you do about it? The most practical solution to this problem would be switching to a VG-based e-liquids. This however sure to lower your vaping experience due to the fact that VG e-juice usually has issues with wicking.
Allergy caused by the above allergens while present in some instances is usually very among vapers. It is, however, important to note the above do not always mean that one is allergic to vape smoke. The “quitter’s flu” or withdrawal symptoms of quitting smoking could mirror allergy symptoms closely. This condition is often accompanied by various flu-like symptoms such as a sore throat, headaches, coughing, and congestion. It is however very easy to differentiate quitters flu from allergies as most quitters experience this issue even when not vaping.
The bottom line is that while most serious sensitivity and allergies are fairly rare, some vapers will always encounter allergens in their e-cigarette. The good news is that dealing with the problem is quite easy.