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Allergy to PG? Is PG safe to put on skin?

Discussion in 'Health, Safety and Vaping' started by MrSmith99, Feb 15, 2020.

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  1. MrSmith99

    MrSmith99 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 28, 2011
    I know it's possible, not likely, to have an allergy to PG. I get red itchy bumps all over and my dermatologist says it's probably an allergy to something. We ruled out everything else. After changing all my soaps, laundry soap, shampoos, and other stuff I still have symptoms. But allergists are expensive with no insurance so I'm reluctant to go see one. I mitigate most of the symptoms with large amounts of moisturizing lotion. It keeps it all at bay.

    The one thing I do I haven't changed is vape. I use 90% PG, 10% VG, and Nic. I never use flavors. So, I'm thinking about testing myself for allergy to PG. Perhaps put some pure PG on a band-aid and wear it for a few hours or a day. That sounds safe, right?
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  2. Letitia

    Letitia Citrus Junkie ECF Veteran

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    Apr 2, 2017
    West Frankfort, IL
    Have you been vaping 90pg since 2011? If so I'd be looking at flavor sensitivity first.
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  3. Cool_Breeze

    Cool_Breeze Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 10, 2011
    I had dry skin issues when I used PG. Psoriasis-like. Gradually moved to full VG. ...all good in that department now.
    Since you don't use flaovrs, you won't miss them going to VG if you so choose. VG blunts them awfully. I'm flavorless as well. It can also cut throat hit down a bit, but that's more easily overcome than the flavor matter.
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  4. LoveVanilla

    LoveVanilla Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 23, 2013
    Don't think you'll detect a PG issue this way. Better to get a 2-3 week supply of max vg, switch to that exclusively, and see if you note improvement. Worked for me, and pg was the issue. I had some itchy red spots and even a few canker-like sores inside the mouth. GL
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  5. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    You can actually develop PG sensitivity over time, I did. I can't use more than 10% or I get nasty pins and needles sensations.

    I think the above poster is right. if INHALING it is what is causing the issue, applying it to the skin won't tell you much. You are better off clouding it up for a few weeks to see if that is what is going on. Possibly. I'm not an allergist or any kind of doctor,.

    As a social worker/therapist, I can only help you if your PG issue is somatic. LOL.

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