Are you one of the few who are allergic to vaping? When I first started my vape journey I was unaware that I had a mild allergy to propylene glycol. One of the ingredients in almost all vape juice products is called PG an abbreviation of propylene glycol. This chemical is an additive found in many of the daily products we consume, from coffee sweeteners and so forth. My main reaction to PG was a pretty bad case of sore throat and oral tingling. This was my first realization that we as consumers could actually have a bad reaction to the vape products we might seek to enjoy. With that said, let’s examine the ingredients that together make ejuice.
- PG: Propylene Glycol
- VG: Vegetable Glycerin
- Flavoring: Derived from either propylene glycol or vegetable Glycerin
- Sweeteners: Either pure or synthetic
- Nicotine: Lab extracted nicotine from tobacco plants and derived in either propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin
How To Test For Allergic Reaction At Home?:
A simple at-home test is painless and does not require anything beyond a drop of the vape product you wish to test.
- Clean off a small section of your forearm
- Place a tiny drop of vape juice onto that section
- Wait a few minutes
Any redness, blistering, or change in the skin will reveal that you are allergic to any of the components of the product. Simply wash off the area again with cool water and soap and leave it exposed to the air and it should fade away in no time.
Warnings and Dangers:
If you vape and find yourself unable to swallow, experiencing elevated heart rate levels, or shortness of breath contact a medical practitioner as fast as you can. Do not take the risk of waiting too long. This can be a sign of a serious reaction and that can be deadly. Vaping too high a nicotine concentration can seriously raise your blood pressure, increase your body temperature, and/or affect your motor functions. If you ingest e-liquid more than the normal random drop please call the emergency poison hotline at (800) 222-1222. They are open 24 hours a day to help you seek the best course of action. To learn more about allergic reactions see the Mayo Clinic information here.