Springtime Allergies and Vaping
Spring is finally upon us which means that many of us are celebrating the warm weather while some of us are silently suffering because of seasonal allergy symptoms. For a fairly large portion of the population, this time of year means dealing with intense congestion, hives, a scratchy throat and watery, itchy eyes.
If you’re someone who likes to vape, you might be wondering how your hobby will impact your seasonal allergy symptoms. Before we explain how to best avoid making those allergies worse while you get your cloud game on, we’re going to briefly get into what causes those allergies in the first place.
What Causes Seasonal Allergies?
Seasonal allergies are caused by a faulty immune system response. Allergens like pollen and grass are relatively harmless to the body, but for some of us, our immune systems perceive these allergens as threats to our health. In an attempt to protect the body against these perceived threats, the immune system sends cytokines to the passageways in the body, resulting in inflammation. That’s why we develop thicker linings of mucus while feeling that dreaded irritation that affects the eyes, ears, throat, nose and skin.
Will My Vaping Hobby Make My Allergies Worse?
Unless you’re allergic to an ingredient in e-liquid, vaping during allergy season shouldn’t make your symptoms worse. However, if you’re someone who vapes a lot and you always enjoy your hobby outdoors, you can expect to experience more symptoms simply because you’re spending a lot of time up close and personal with the allergens that your immune system is trying to fight.
How Can I Vape Without it Affecting My Allergies?
For those wondering or concerned about doing so, these tips could help:
Tip #1: Stay Hydrated
Some people have reported that chain-vaping makes them feel a bit dehydrated, so make sure to double up on your fluid intake especially during allergy season. Being dehydrated can make allergy symptoms worse as the body needs enough water to function properly.
Tip #2: Vape Indoors
Obviously, the more time you spend outdoors during allergy season, the more intensely you’ll feel those pesky symptoms. So, if you can, try to vape indoors. If you’re living with someone who doesn’t like being exposed to vapor, you don’t really have much of a choice, but if you do live alone you should try to enjoy your hobby inside as much as possible. The more time you spend outside, the more pollen and other allergens you’ll inhale throughout the day.
Tip #3: Keep the Windows Closed
Again, vaping during allergy season is all about reducing your exposure to the outside world as much as possible. If you like to blow your clouds out of an open window when you vape, consider keeping those windows closed during the spring season. Just having your windows open can allow lots of allergens to come into your home.
If you’re blowing your vapor out of the window because someone in your home doesn’t enjoy having it around them, you can try exhaling into a towel or another piece of fabric. Because e-juice vapor is mostly water, blowing it into a piece of fabric shouldn’t cause a stain.
Tip #4: Take Your Allergy Medications
Of course, one of the best ways to deal with allergy symptoms is to take medications specifically formulated for fighting the symptoms. If you haven’t, see a doctor about your allergies so that he or she can recommend a medication that’s right for you.
Final Tip: Vape Less
We know that this is a bit of a difficult one, but if you can, try to cut down on your vaping during allergy season. If you tend to get a scratchy throat and a stuffy nose this time of year, heavy vaping can definitely make those symptoms more intense.
Allergy Season Vape Suffers Rejoice
As you can see, there’s no reason to worry about vaping making your allergy symptoms worse. However, there are certain measures that you can take in order to fully enjoy your vaping hobby without those annoying symptoms getting in the way.
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