Wet Lung From E-Cigarettes

Are E-Cigs safe? E-Cigs (electronic cigarettes) work by heating a liquid containing nicotine that forms a vapor that you inhale like a cigarette. However, the attraction to the electronic cigarette is that they do not create smoke with the belief that it is “Healthier” and more “environment-friendly”. However, due to Wet Lung, the devices are starting to raise eyebrows.

Wet Lung From Using E-Cigs

The act of smoking through this type of cigarette is Vaping. Some consider vaping to be a safer alternative to cigarette smoking by those who choose to do it. However, one 18-year-old girl from Pennsylvania recently found out that is not the case. She had to go to the hospital because she couldn’t breathe. She had been vaping for approximately 3 weeks and developed a cough not accompanied by fever, nasal drip or congestion. After putting her on antibiotics and not recovering, her final diagnosis was having Wet Lung. The cause of her issues doctors believe? Vaping!

Be that a it may, doctors believe she developed a possible allergic reaction to a chemical found in E-Cigs that triggered an allergic response. Her lungs as a defense mechanism accumulated fluid to help protect it much like when you have a respiratory infection. “Wet Lung” is the synonym for ARDS Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a sudden accumulation of fluid in your lungs that can cause respiratory failure. Some factors that cause Wet Lung include:

Sepsis- blood poisoning-infection in your blood.
Pneumonia- inflammation in one or both lungs caused by infection.
Severe bleeding caused by an injury an injury to the chest or head because your brain sends signals to your organs.

Unfortunately, the 18-year-old wasn’t getting any oxygen to her lungs. She was soon put on a respirator. She ended up being treated with methylprednisolone to manage the possible allergic reaction. Luckily for her, the medication worked, and she recovered within 5 days.

Vaping vs. cigarette smoking had seen an increase in sales from 2008, when it first introduced, to 2016 with an increase of over 900%. According to the 2016 National Youth Tobacco study, it noted that over 1.6 Million teenagers admitted to using E-cigs in the last 30 days.