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The use of e-cigarettes (vaping) has dramatically increased in the last five years, making it a $3.5 billion business. While it’s often marketed as a “healthier” alternative to cigarettes, in actuality, vaping can lead to extensive health problems. E-cigarettes include harmful ingredients such as nicotine, diacetyl (which is linked to lung disease), benzene (which is found in car exhaust), nickel, tin and lead. Vaping can also irritate your lungs, making current allergies worse, and agitating asthma.

Vaping’s popularity among adolescents and young adults has prompted the Centers for Disease Control to state that vaping is a public health concern.

How is vaping associated with allergies?

The bottom line is there is still a lot of research that needs to be done before definitive conclusions can be reached on how vaping is associated with allergies. 

Research is ongoing into the connection between vaping and its long-term effects on allergies and asthma, and some scientists believe e-cigarette smoking could be one of the key factors behind the current allergy epidemic. Initial studies have demonstrated:

Vaping can increase in allergic reactions and allergy sensitivity

E-cigarettes affect IgE, a substance that is involved in the immune system’s response and allergic reactions. This means there’s a potential for making diseases such as asthma, rhinitis, and hay fever worse in those who vape, according to research from the medical journal Clinical and Translational Allergy.

E-cigarettes damage lung tissues

Vaping can damage respiratory epithelium. These are layers of cells that play an important role by moistening and protecting the airway by capturing any irritants or harmful substances. When these cells aren’t functioning properly, it increases the incidence and severity of bacterial lung infections. 

Vaping can increase S. aureus colonization

An estimated 30 percent of the population carries the staphylococcus aureus bacteria in their noses. Most of the time, if you have a healthy immune system and no underlying health problems, the staph does not cause any problems. However, it can lead to serious, and sometimes fatal, infections, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control.

More vaping studies are needed

There is still a lot scientists don’t know about the extent to which e-cigarettes affect asthma and allergies. However, preliminary information indicates significant evidence to warrant further research and to call the vaping trend a serious public health hazard.

Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and the American Heart Association caution that these devices still have several toxic substances and that more young adults and adolescents mistakenly think it is a risk-free alternative to smoking.

Our ear, nose and throat physicians in Raleigh can help relieve your allergies with allergy treatments—no matter what the cause

If you have chronic problems with allergies, sinusitis or other ear, nose and throat problems, schedule an appointment with us. Our board-certified physicians offer compassionate care that seeks to treat the underlying cause—not just the symptoms—of your allergies. 

Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose, and Throat is the area's premiere physician-owned ENT practice with six convenient locations throughout Wake County. Our board-certified physicians have extensive experience in treating both common and complex cases to help adults and children alike. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us.


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