Nicotine Allergy

Nicotine Allergy: Common Allergies and Symptoms Signs Of Tobacco and Cigarette Smoke Allergy. 

What Is Nicotine?

Along with carbon monoxide and a few dozen other chemicals, nicotine is one of the ingredients in products such as cigarettes, moist snuff, and chewing tobacco.

Contrary to what some believe, nicotine is addictive and can be harmful to your health. The chemicals and tar in tobacco have been linked to cancer, emphysema, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive airways disease, and heart disease.

Nicotine in your system can also cause allergic reactions and coughing spasms and can appear suddenly or develop over time.

People who smoke cigarettes or dip or chew tobacco or use other tobacco products can develop nicotine side effects because it's addictive. It can be so bad that some people have a very difficult time overcoming their dependence upon nicotine. It can develop into a life-long habit. It's best to get rid of the habit, or at least, cut down.

Nicotine Allergy Symptoms & Withdrawal

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Feeling irritable
  • Loss of sleep
  • Lack of concentration
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • All around stressed out 
  • Uptight
  • Jittery
  • 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

Nicotine Addiction Treatment

Remember that this is not medical advice. If you think you have a true allergy or are suffering from nicotine cravings, it's best to talk to your allergy doctor.

To ease the nicotine withdrawal symptoms you can use:

  • Nicotine chewing gum
  • Nicotine lozenges
  • Nicotine inhalers
  • Nicotine spray
  • Free nicotine patches from your doctor or allergist
  • Other nicotine replacement products that your doctor may recommend

You may develop an allergy if your nicotine patch itches or turns your skin red and irritated. Check with your doctor.

When Talking To Those Who Use Tobacco Products

  • Simply ask the smoker to leave or put out the cigarette. If you're nice about it they probably will.
  • Tell them you're allergic to smoke
  • If you have guests that smoke, politely ask them to go outside to smoke
  • Do not allow the babysitter/caregiver to smoke inside
  • Be polite but frim in your requests 
  • If you live with a smoker, ask him/her to go outside to smoke

And For Yourself

  • You can leave the area 
  • Don't allow smoking in your home or car
  • 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

These kinds of nicotine allergy symptoms can be uncomfortable so it's best to get professional help. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly. 

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