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Dry Throat and Mouth Issues

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  1. dawnnnny

    dawnnnny New Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Hi - I'm hoping I can get some feedback from people who have had similar problems.

    I switched from real cigs to e-cigs on January 13th. At the end of January, I quit using the e-cig, mainly because my mouth and throat became extremely dry, especially at night.

    I only used the e-cig just under 3 weeks and then not a bunch. I definitely didn't "puff" as much as when I smoked real cigarettes.

    So now, even though its been 12 days since I've used the e-cig I'm still having the dryness. One other thing is that I got a head cold around the same time I switched to e-cigs.

    I'm not really sure what is causing this problem. Someone told me that because I quit smoking, my body is detoxing and that's why I have dry mouth/throat, but my dentist said usually its the opposite-that once you stop smoking, you should have more saliva, not less.

    Any feedback/ideas would be appreciated. I am still a non-smoker and I really credit it to using the e-cig. Thanks for your help! :)
  2. Rosa

    Rosa Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    Beaverton, Oregon!
    There are a few different things that cause the dry throat and mouth, it's very common and goes away after about a month usually.

    • you MUST drink more water. E-cigs will dry you out very quickly. This is especially important - drink drink drink...
    • PG can cause some throat sensitivity in the beginning. There's always a chance that you are allergic to PG, but from your description it doesn't sound like that's a problem.
    • you need to take long, slow airy drags with an e-cig, the quick hard drags you took when you smoked will irritate your throat now.
    • you can suck a lozenge, drink some hot tea, have a spoonful of honey... normal throat remedies.

    Just know that it's totally normal, happens to most of us in the beginning, and will pass soon.

    Good luck! :)

    ps: if it doesn't go away in a couple weeks, try switching to VG
  3. Stownz

    Stownz Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 29, 2010
    Guthrie, OK
    Yep. has happened to a lot of us. My solution was to drop from pure PG juice to 80/20. I also stepped the Nic down from 36 too 20. I'm not sure if it was this, or just time, but it went away and I'm an extremely heavy vaporer at over 6ml a day.
  4. Gulliverfoyle

    Gulliverfoyle Full Member Verified Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    This happened to me as well. PG is very drying, it's MSDS considers it a mild defatter if that helps. Took about a month for me to become used to it, still dry some of the time but it is winter here so I'm usually dried out by now anyway. I second the drink, drink, drink method. Gatorade works wonders for me.
  5. Gulliverfoyle

    Gulliverfoyle Full Member Verified Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Whew! Nice to know I'm not the only extreme vaper.
  6. dawnnnny

    dawnnnny New Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Thank you all for your replies, makes me feel a lot better. I just thought that after 12 days of NOT vaping that this dryness would be gone so it helps to hear it takes about a month. If I decide to return to vaping, I'll try the VG and see if that's any better.

    Going to go get some water now...thanks again!
  7. cynyc2

    cynyc2 Full Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Since it has been 12 days with no nicotine, you may just have your habit kicked! If you feel the need to smoke, vape instead, but I think you are halfway to liberation!
  8. r0dent

    r0dent Full Member

    Dec 16, 2010
    holy cow, 6ml a day?? wow....

    I have a 10ml sample bottle I got free, and it took me like a week to go through it... lol

    Guess I would be considered a LIGHT vaporer :p
  9. tsbrewers

    tsbrewers Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 15, 2010
    I have been going through about 3-4 tanks on my ego-t a day, my wife goes 2 full days on one tank. But she has smoked twice as many analogs since starting than I have. I think she is a little scared to get too carried away vaping.

  10. deusXmchna

    deusXmchna Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 11, 2010
    My mainstay is a bottle of water with me 24/7, but I also use Oasis mouthwash & oral spray for dry mouth. I'm on meds that dry me out, so it's a double-whammy :p. Of course the Oasis leaves a horrid minty taste that doesn't jive w/ most my vapes, but the taste doesn't last all that long
  11. pandatera

    pandatera Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 5, 2011

    I started vaping on New Year. The first, two weeks I have very dry mouth and always have a feeling there was something stuck behind my throat. I didn't get much of a sore throat though. At that time, in the morning when I wake up my mouth feels so dry, even after brushing my teeth didn't seem to help. I would always get dry, dehydrated lips when I'm out and not even vaping. I remember reading somewhere on the forum, like not to vape about an hour before you go to sleep. And make sure you brush your teeth, and dun vape after that before you go to bed. I tried that and it helped alot I think. I also been drinking a lot of water, so much that I always have to use the bathroom. Also I noticed minty flavors gives my mouth a more refreshing feel. Now I'm not sure if I have gotten use to the dry mouth, or it's gotten better. It doesn't seem as bad anymore.

    ** Make sure you drink alot of water !!!
    Oh sometimes the E juice might irritated your throat. I once had like a itchy throat when I vape kiwi flavor. It was gone when I didn't vape that flavor no more. So it might also be the flavor you are vaping.
  12. Rosa

    Rosa Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    Beaverton, Oregon!
    LOL! :) ... she smokes because she doesn't want to get too carried away vaping... :)

    No offense to your wife, but really??
  13. moonchild

    moonchild Full Member

    Feb 13, 2011
    los angeles
    I agree--try switching to vegetable glycerin based e-liquid. PG or too high a level of nicotine definitely can cause dry mouth/throat irritation.

    LOL, Rosa!
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