If you've just started vaping and you feel that you're experiencing allergy-like symptoms, you need to research to ensure that you are in fact experiencing symptoms caused by vaping. The most common allergic reactions to e-liquid come from the propylene glycol (PG), which is a key ingredient in a majority of e-liquids. However, your allergy symptoms might also be caused by some sweetened eliquids. Let's go through any possible scenarios before you get rid of your fav ejuice. 

Tobacco cessation symptoms 

Like any other possible allergen, your first step is to determine if you're actually experiencing an allergic reaction—you could also be experiencing side effects from beginning a new product or tobacco cessation symptoms. The most common side effects new vapers can experience include:

  • Mouth ulcers
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Coughing
  • A skin eruption known as "quit zits"
  • Sputum and phlegm

Nicotine overdose symptoms

It’s mostly newer e-cig users that tend to suffer from the symptoms of nicotine overdose. Depending on the levels of nicotine, symptoms can be mild or strong. When adapting to vaping, there can be a sense that you’re not getting the same effect as smoking. This is mainly because the sensation of smoking and vaping are quite different. Once you adapt to vaping, you will learn to know your nicotine tolerance levels and figure out how much vaping is too much.

 There is quite a wide range of symptoms that occur when too much nicotine enters the body.  The most common symptoms include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Cold sweaty palms
  • Nausea
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Excessive sweating and saliva production

eLiquid allergy symptoms

An allergic reaction to PG is not very common, so you shouldn’t be overly concerned about it if you’re new to vaping.  PG is used in a variety of items, like pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products,  if you have an allergy to you might have already noticed similar symptoms. For example with a skincare product it can occasionally cause a rash.  Even if you discover you have an allergic reaction to PG based e-liquids, you still have the option of vaping 100% VG (vegetable glycerine) based juices. While there have been reported cases of VG allergy these are even rarer.  Symptoms of an allergic reaction to PG can vary widely and they can be as mild as a stuffy nose or as severe as breaking out in hives.

  • Sore, dry or inflamed throat and mouth
  • Muscle pains
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Excessive nasal mucus production
  • Sore and red eyes.