Vaping has become incredibly popular in recent years, and many people swear by it as both a recreational habit and a viable alternative for quitting smoking. Unfortunately, not everyone responds to the vape in the same way.
Many people find that vapes are extremely difficult and uncomfortable to smoke. They may be able to inhale a small cloud, only to find themselves hacking it out a few moments later or having an extremely irritating, scratchy sensation bother your throat during the time that you’re vaping and for a while after.
In some cases, the issue might be caused by improper technique or hardware. More likely, however, you have some sort of sensitivity to propylene glycol (PG) or one of the other ingredients used in nicotine vapor.
PG Sensitivities and Allergies
Many people will say that you’ve just got an allergy to propylene glycol, but allergies aren’t the most common – in reality, it’s far more likely to be a sensitivity to the substance.
PG has a number of functions aside from being valuable for vapers. It’s a good emulsifier, it works as a solvent, and it’s used in many different industries including the food and agricultural industries. It’s non-toxic, but not everyone responds well to the many properties of the substance.
If you have an allergy to something then it means your immune system actually deems the substance to be a threat to your body. Sensitivities, on the other hand, can be caused by a number of things – the body lacking an enzyme to metabolize a substance, past experience with similar substances, etc. Sensitivities are far more likely.
Symptoms of a PG Allergy
Symptoms of a PG allergy will be more similar to those of a regular allergy than a sensitivity. Things like the following are considered symptoms of an allergy:
- Watery eyes
- A runny nose
- A sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
Any of these symptoms can occur from inhaling the vapor of PG if you are allergic to it. If you touch it to your skin you may experience a rash. In serious cases, you may be so allergic that you’ll experience anaphylaxis – but this is incredibly rare. Regardless, anyone using PG for the first time should start small.
Symptoms of a PG Sensitivity
Symptoms of a PG sensitivity are far more common than symptoms of an allergy. They are usually something similar like a dry throat, respiratory discomfort or irritation, and perhaps a bit of difficulty breathing comfortably. Many people with sensitivities don’t experience any discomfort when they come into contact with PG on their skin.