Are you allergic to PG?
Propylene glycol (PG) is one of the ingredients that you will find in your vape juice. For the majority of vapers, this ingredient poses no issue. However, a small portion of people are allergic to PG and it causes an unwelcome reaction. There are a few ways to keep vaping and avoid PG, which we outline in this blog.
PG allergy symptoms
Symptoms of a PG allergy can vary from person to person. However, the most common symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Sinus problems
- Numbness to the face
If you experience any of these symptoms when vaping high PG or e-liquid containing PG then we suggest you switch it up.
What can I vape instead?
Depending on the sensitivity of your allergy, you may still be able to vape small amounts of PG with no irritation. Opt for a high VG juice that contains 70/30 or even 80/20 VG/PG. However, if you are choosing to vape high VG then there are a few things to keep in mind.
High VG juice requires you to use a sub-ohm, cloud kit. They are not designed to move easily through a starter kit or pod device. You will produce more clouds from a high VG juice and a cloud kit.
VG is thicker than PG. This means that you will need to let the wick fully saturate when you change the coil. Otherwise, you risk a dry, burnt hit.
If you are sensitive to all PG, whether it is 20% or 100% then we suggest opting for a juice containing no PG at all. There is a brand called Curieux 1990 which contains a blend of VG and vegetol instead of PG.
Curieux 1990 is not limited in flavours. You can choose from Guava, Fraise Grenade, Citron Limonette, and Cerise Groseille. These fruity flavours are best suited in either a mouth to lung or a direct to lung device, depending on your preference.
What do I do if I have a reaction to my vape juice?
If you have a reaction to your vape juice, then you should stop vaping immediately. Chose an e-liquid that is high in VG, or one such as Curieux 1990 that contains zero PG.
Remember some common side effects from vaping, and vaping too high nicotine strength include:
- Dry mouth
If you switch to zero PG or know you don’t have a PG allergy and are still experiencing the above symptoms then try reducing how much you vape, drink more water and reduce your nicotine level.
Remember, we are vape experts, not medical experts, so always see your doctor if you are concerned!