Allergic To Smoke

Allergic To Smoke: Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Smoke and Childhood Allergies.

If you ask if it's possible to have a smoke allergy, I say the answer is yes. Coughing and red itchy eyes are normal.

Allergic To Smoke

I grew up in a house where both parents smoked. The time it took for my parents to light up another cigarette was 5 minutes. That was only a 5 minute reprieve before another onslaught of smoke was in the house. Basically, one of my parents was smoking when they were in the house. A constant smokey haze filled the air.

Allergic To Smoke

My clothes, room, sheets, and even my books smelled like smoke. It permeated everything, including my sinuses.

Cigarette smoke is known to contain numerous toxins and chemicals. People, and especially children, are more prone to have allergies may be more sensitive to cigarette smoke. And it doesn't stop there. We've known about secondhand smoke for years.

Allergic To Smoke

Those who live with smokers tend to have more respiratory issues than those who live with non-smokers. Secondhand smoke also increases the risk of sinusitis, coughing spasms and allergic bronchitis.

Allergic To Smoke Symptoms

  • Increased allergic disorders
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Red water eyes
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore throat
  • Allergic bronchitis
  • Itchy skin
  • Possible bacterial lung infections in children
  • Allergy induced asthma

Ways to Avoid Smoke Allergies

Here are a few way you can avoid secondhand smoke and the residual smell of cigarettes:

When Talking To Smokers

  • Simply ask. It's easy and if you're nice about it most smokers will politely put out their cigarette or move somewhere else. Understand they have the right to smoke but you equally have the right to breathe clean air.
  • Tell them you're allergic to smoke. Many smokers will be sensitive to this and act accordingly.
  • If you're pregnant, tell the smoker. Most of the time this works very well.
  • If you have guests that smoke, politely ask them to go outside to smoke
  • Tell your babysitter that you would prefer them to not smoke around your children
  • Be polite to smokers. Both of you have rights and we all need to get along.
  • If you live with a smoker, ask them to go outside to smoke
  • Don't become hostile towards a smoker. You will only get hostility back and maybe a puff of smoke right in the face.

And For Yourself

  • You can leave the area. Don't make a big fuss about it, just excuse yourself and go someplace else that is smoke free
  • Don't allow smoking in your home or car
  • Only go to bars, restaurants, and businesses that have no-smoking policies
  • Secure a non-smoking hotel room when traveling
  • Secure an apartment that has a non-smoking policy
  • Wash your clothes when you come home from a bar or a friend's house who smokes inside

If you smoke you can try to quit. If you're allergic to smoke and live with someone who smokes you can be encouraging but firm in your request to either stop smoking or go outside. I never get "preachy" on this subject. I think it reaches further than health issues but that's for another time. I do encourage you to take it outside and never smoke inside your house or car when your children are with you. 

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