Allergies can be developed at any time. As a child, it is possible to be allergic to blueberries and then by the time adulthood comes around blueberry pie is your favorite dessert. When it comes to vaping, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for any allergic reactions. Typically, with anything, if there is an allergy, it will appear within a day, an hour or even a few minutes. It all depends on the cause of the allergy. If it’s cough medicine, the allergy will usually show up immediately.
If there is an allergic reaction when vaping, it is very important to discern whether it is actual allergies or just a possible withdrawal symptom. Quitting cigarettes is just like any other drug or prescription medicine, once stopped there will be withdrawals. The allergic reactions while vaping though don’t exactly come from the machine, head, tank, battery or anything like that. They come from the e-liquid that you purchase. Always research your vendors and be sure to ask for the ingredients in whatever e-juice you are buying
Everything needs to be very thorough when determining whether it’s an allergic reaction or withdrawal symptom because they are difficult to differentiate. When it has been determined that there is an allergic reaction and not a withdrawal symptom, the next step would be to locate the source. Does it happen only with the fruity-types of e-juice or the sweet varieties? Were they purchased at the same shop? Keep in mind that the allergic reaction isn’t coming from the flavors. It is either from propylene glycol (PG) or possibly vegetable glycol (VG). These are common ingredients used in e-liquids. Allergies from VG is uncommon but not impossible. Whereas, allergies caused by PG are common.
Symptoms of allergic reactions from propylene glycol are as follows: sore throat, sinus problems, headaches, nausea, and in severe cases, numbness of the face and tongue accompanied by itchy hives on the upper body. While the symptoms will fade away within a month or so, do not keep vaping. Switch e-juices, if possible, and clean the tank to make sure no residue of the juice that caused the allergy is left behind and wait until symptoms have cleared up. If symptoms persist when vaping is resumed, and all kinds of e-liquids have been tried, even VG-based ones, then the problem would lie in the amount of nicotine. It is possible to overdose on nicotine, so it is very important to purchase vape juices that have an appropriate amount. Heavy smokers would need about 24mg of nicotine in their juices while social or one a day kind of smokers would only need about 6mg-12mg, and even after a couple weeks they could tone it down to 0mg-3mg.
Vaping after experiencing an allergic reaction is very possible. The only thing to keep in mind is what was the cause of the allergy. Usually, it is the propylene glycol used in e-juices. Unfortunately, this is a common ingredient, so the selection of juices would dwindle down to a select few, but it doesn’t mean that vaping is no longer an option. Remember, make sure to ask vendors for their ingredients and stay vape safe.