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Possible to develop a PG allergy?

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by Kellycat, Sep 16, 2013.

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  1. Kellycat

    Kellycat Super Member ECF Veteran Verified Member

    Jul 3, 2013
    Cary, NC, USA
    Maybe not an allergy per-say, but at least a negative reaction to PG? Used to use 80/20 and now it kills my throat after a few drags if I try anything less than 60/40 or 50/50. Don't think it's flavorings as I haven't changed my rotation lately either. Hopefully it's something else causing my throat to be sensitive, maybe allergies, but I'm not dealing with any other symptoms, so it's a mystery to me. Hoping someone else might have been through the same thing and can comment as to whether it got better over time or not. Just grabbed a bottle of 70% VG 30% H2O to try, will see if that makes any kind of a difference at all when I get it..
  2. RoseB

    RoseB Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 3, 2012
    PG doesn't agree with me. Anything over 20% pg really dries my throat out. Try the VG mix and keep us posted. There are a few vendors that sell pg free e liquid, but flavors are limited :( Most of the flavoring comes in a pg base.
  3. Izan

    Izan Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 1, 2012
    Mallorca, Spain
    I feel better with higher VG content. The PG seems to dry me out and induces mucus.
    What juices are you using?
    Simple,one flavour juices might have less "potential" for sensitivities than say Coco-banana-kiwi-rum-achino.

    Have fun
  4. soba1

    soba1 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    May 27, 2013
    Van Nuys Ca., USA
    I'm an all VG user.
    PG seems not to agree with me
  5. jcco

    jcco Super Member ECF Veteran Verified Member

    Feb 5, 2013
    I've been using 100% VG juices lately & it is like giving my throat a break. I'm not sure if it's the different juices or if in fact it's the VG. Seems to be the VG. I wouldn't order anything less than 70% VG now.
  6. CaliforniaGirl

    CaliforniaGirl Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 5, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    Honestly, with all the PG we currently use in commercially available products I'd think you'd have determined a true PG allergy by now. I think it's the quantity/ratio you're using, try lowering your PG a hair in that equation. :)

    I personally don't like "pure" VG juice at all, I get no throat hit and no feeling of having actually vaped, but that's just a personal thing. Again, I'd try lowering the ratio and then lowering it more until you find what works for you.
  7. OzarkTroutBum

    OzarkTroutBum Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 16, 2013
    High PG makes my lip numb after awhile. I use 50/50 and do OK unless I chain vape all day and then I can feel it coming on and quit for awhile.
  8. ch2468

    ch2468 Senior Member ECF Veteran Verified Member

    Dec 22, 2012
    Just throwing this out there, I've seen a few of these (PG/VG gave me hives, divorced my wife, ate my dog and skinned my cat) threads and they usually turned out to be something other than an allergy. That said, maybe you're vape is too hot? Or not getting enough airflow?
  9. Thunderball

    Thunderball Vaping Master ECF Veteran Verified Member

    May 5, 2013
    Grayson, Georgia
    I dont knoiw what it is but I have a kind of abraision on my bottom lip from vaping. Ive not really tried to change up my mixture yet.
    Has anyone else had an affect like this ?

    Its kind like you go to the beach and get sunburn on your lip....just a little. Best way I know how to explain it. Been vaping several months now.
  10. Kellycat

    Kellycat Super Member ECF Veteran Verified Member

    Jul 3, 2013
    Cary, NC, USA
    It's funny you say that..because, well, I just had a facepalm moment. Dry wick.. Can't believe I overlooked that. I should have known from how I asked the question too, because it doesn't happen immediately, only after a few hits, and pausing for a bit fixes it temporarily (juice wicks to the coil again in the meantime) so it seems what I blamed on my throat should actually be blamed on my brain! Slipped my mind that I've started using RBAs/RDAs more now too and of course forget to re-drip sometimes, or wind the coils too tight in my Evods choking the juice flow, both resulting in that burning sensation as the wick 'burns'.

    Trying to picture this in my mind's eye..and having a tough time. Are you getting hot juice, or any kind of juice, spat out of your tank/carto/etc at all? That could be doing it.
  11. Thunderball

    Thunderball Vaping Master ECF Veteran Verified Member

    May 5, 2013
    Grayson, Georgia
    No... Its rare that I get juice coming out of the drip tip

    I just have unhealed area on the middle of my bottom lip. If you saw my lip, you would see a small area that is white... kinda like dead skin (no scabing or anything real yucky) . Its been like this for about three months now. The strang thing is, I vape from the corners of my mouth and it is not on the top lip or sides.

    Its more of a curiosity thing to me, but wish that it would heal....

    It could possibly be from something else, but I cant imagine what. I have recently got into DIY which I love. I think I will pick one or the other (pg/vg) and make some juice and try it for a week and see what happens. I would think that would be the only way to tell if it is from vaping or not.
  12. Kellycat

    Kellycat Super Member ECF Veteran Verified Member

    Jul 3, 2013
    Cary, NC, USA
    Just cause it crossed my mind, tried rubbing a little Vaseline on the affected area? Could just be drying out. If you're vaping from the corner of your mouth that would rule out irritation/abrasion from the drip tip/carto, which would have been my next suggestion as I suffered through that a bit until my skin toughened up a bit.
  13. RoseB

    RoseB Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 3, 2012
    That is a very long time to have a sore not heal. You should probably get it checked out.
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