I can tell you Bob, I've been having the same thing, starting in December. Itching behind the knees, itching and a rash developing on my arms at the bend of the elbow. And the rashes can get ugly looking.
Originally Posted by TropicalBob
I thought it was allergies to something else until I started poking around and found others experiancing the same thing.
Aloe vera gel is good for the dry elbows. I swear by the stuff.
Originally Posted by BigJimW
This is concerning, BigJim. We are among the most veteran of guinea pigs. I'll continue to watch this thread. Thanks for contributing.
I have been vaping since April '09 and I am having intense itching, rashing and hives on my arms, chest, lightly on my shoulders and legs. I scratch in my sleep so my arms are a mess. Just as you said BigJim in the inside of my elbows also.
I didn't associate it with vaping, as I have only been doing this for a few months. It didn't start until I went to a 5-6 volt device and HV juice, which may just be a coincidence. I use PG and VG at 18-26mg.
It did get better in December when I quit all vaping and went back to cigarettes for a week. I take antihistamines for the itch.
I am going to go back to 3.7 only and try VG and Pg separately to see if I can isolate the cause.
Last edited by Sher; 02-18-2010 at 04:00 PM.
Reason: add mg
Here are the three problems I now associate with my two years of e-smoking:
1. Itching. Listed first only because that's what this thread is about. It becomes so severe at night that it can keep me awake for hours. This morning, for instance, I was up more than three hours past the usual sleep time, scratching most of the time.
2. Clear phlegm. Very concerning to me. I lost the smoker's cough when I quit cigs using snus. Six months later, I took up e-smoking. Three months after that, I had a slight cough. And this past year, I began regular coughing up of clear phlegm. It's very hard to clear my throat at night.
3. Cramps in my fingers and toes. Not leg cramps. Not side stitches These toe-curling, finger-spreading cramps began in the past two years and occur nightly.
I do believe some or all of these problems are related to inhaling PG/VG vapor.
I've had toe cramps also. Thought I was being paranoid. I'm trying VG only, then will do PG only. Will see what works.
i am so glad i finally searched for info on my itching rash.
i use mostly vg! switched in december...but i just started using some new flavours!
arm pits, inside of elbow, behind the knees, in the crotch area...all the places where one sweats just a bit...a nice itchy rash.
i thought it was something i was eating even though i wasn't eating anything i haven't before. i even fasted for 3 days just to get it out of my system but didn't even think of stopping my vaping since i only vape in the evenings and not even everyday (almost every day, though). my rash continued to spread. it's now down my legs/thighs, all over my back and my arms. went to the doctor and had a nice, long discussion with him.
duh...flavours! vaping! my rash started when i started the new flavours from flavourart!
and antihistamines only helped a bit.
so. i'm back off the vaping for a few days to see if it starts to clear up.
of so, i'm then going to go to one flavour at a time, til i find the culprit.
I started having intense itching and rashes after vaping for 3 months. I changed to VG and also I changed to a lower mg.This seemed to really help. I still have some problems with itching on my arms and legs and use Walgreens anti-itch cream, maximun strength : Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride 2% and 0.1% Zinc Acetate. The same as Benadryl cream, it is just the Walgreens brand.
Originally Posted by MadScientistVapor
There is a possibility this has nothing to do with vaping but I do not tend to have skin problems. I also changed my laundry detergent. I had made no changes in my diet.