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allergic reaction to nicotine

I am a male and am 23 years old.  For about 6 months, I have had a problem with unconrollable gagging. When this began It seemed to me that this problem occurred  after eating.  After a while I experimented with eating at certain times of day and came to find out that the gagging occurred not after eating but after smoking, and then during smoking.  As a result I have discontinued smoking and began chewing tobacco (although I know this is not a cure).  For the last six weeks my breathing has gotten better but my gagging has gotten worse. I have attempted to find the physical symptoms of nicotine allergies, but have failed to find any lists of symptoms to compare mine to. The symptoms arrive the worse at the ingestion of alcohol (2-3 beers) and cause me to vomit. Normally when I smoked I felt no problems after 2-3 beers.  I know that all of these are bad habits but is there anything that can be done to control the gagging?  I have stopped chewing tobacco for several days at a time to see if the symptoms recess but they do not.  This seems like an allergy to me, but I have smoked at least a pack a day since I was 16 and have never had this problem before. Since I have recently aquired some allergies I have never had before (pet dander, random dust) I was wondering if I could have aquired a nicotine allergy as well.  any help would be appreciated.  
Thank you
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Look up "Buerger's disease". This is most common in young men, and gets worse with time. You need to see a Dr. to have it confirmed, but it would just be smarter to give up tobacco completely. Your medical insurance probably covers medical treatment programs.
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Could it be the alcohol your allergic to? A friend of mine was allergic to alcohol.
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You want to find a remedy other than quitting tobacco? The solution seems very obvious to me, you should stop using tobacco!
You could have a problem related to alcohol, alcohol abuse can cause problems with your esophagus so you should see the doctor and have a thorough exam of your throat.
If you vomit when you drink you need to seriously consider quitting it. If I was you, I'd have a full liver panel done to make sure you haven't damaged your liver and have them check your throat.
Chewing tobacco raises your risk for smoking related cancers by a huge amount.
Your habits are making you sick, address the habits and the other problems will probably go away.
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hey if youf ind any info. please let me know i'm looking for the same thing. i'm not gaggin but esperiencing discomfort in my stomach. I thought it was because i'd sometimes forget to eat at work and stuff, but now i've noticed its more when i smoke. Though not so noticable if its right after a meal. However like you I've smoked for ages and regardless full tummy or not nothing happens.
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Hi,

You could be allergic to the cigarettes and tobacco.

Avoid smoking, join a smoking cessation clinic to help you quit. Talk to your doctor about it.

Your symptoms aggravate on drinking alcohol so you need to stop both smoking and alcohol.

Apart from the symptoms you describe other health issues should prompt you to quit at the earliest.

The symptoms should resolve in some time once you have quit.
Do keep us posted and let us know how you are doing.

Hope this helps.

Good luck.
Hope this helps.

Good luck.
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hi
in regards to the above i stumbled upon this page looking for info on nicotine allergys (allergies) for i have the same gagging symptom that you described at first only after i smoked an excessive amount of smokes now i can barely eat if i smoke for i am constantly gagging and i also get discomfort in my stomach that is really hard to explain that i thought was my lack of eating which i proved it wasn't also my toes get cold easily and swell to a purple color due to bad circulation i have yet to prove that any of this is from smoking but a nicotine allergy is what i think i have and quitting is the only thing i can think of to rid of it cut back on smoking and see if your symptoms decrease
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I am aware that smoking is a serious problem and quitting is something I hope to do but it will take a miracle..That being said, here is my problem On many occasions after I smoke several cigarettes, mentally I start feeling anxiety and the thoughts in my head become faster and louder.. ( I do not have a mental illness) This only happens after smoking..I know the easy fix is quit but the addiction currently has   a hold of me...I seriosly feel like I am losing my mind in those moments..completely and am wondering what is happening...it doesnt usually happen after one cigarette but after a couple...I am wanting to understand what is happening to my brain and if anyone else has heard of this..It is scaring me as I feel like I am lsong my mind. MM 38.
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If it is altering your mental state it can very simply be an allergy to one of the MANY addictive toxins put in the tobacco. I have a serious tobacco allergy. When you are allergic to something your stomach/blood is low in or missing and enzyme to break down the particular element. Yet the early reaction to that allergy as you try to process it can sometimes be elation or a state of euphoria. Your mind basically releases a surge of neurotransmitters and other things in order to rid the toxic element. It is the same reaction you will find if you place direct pressure into a painful trigger point until the pain subsides. The brain says "I am injured. Must send help!" Therefore YOU are likely more intensely addicted to the euphoric feeling of your allergic reaction than you are to the actual tobacco. People often crave things they are allergic to for this reason. IF the allergy is intense enough, they won't repeat the behavior. If not they will and will just live through the suffering. Here's a tip, IF you really want to quit (and you need to ask yourself that): Order RAW organic cacao (cocoa) online and a large quantity of empty vegie capsules with a capsule maker and put the cocoa into capsules. Start with a few and see if it helps that desire. If not, increase it to about 4 (no later than 8hrs before sleep). This will cause the same chemicals to release in your brain as the tobacco allergy without the negative after affects from the histamine intensity. Hope it helps.
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Hi,

I also believe I have an allergic reaction... to nicotine. I smoke since 15, and after a period of cessation, I started again. When I was smoking too much, I was getting a strange eruption on my face (red spots leaving some little scars). I believed it was about the 4000 toxins, so I dramatically reduced the number of cigarettes smoked. Soon I discovered the nicorette gums / patches and the electronic cigarettes. It was all fine  until the red eruption reappeared on my skin. Since e-cigs and nicorette don't have the 4000 toxins, as they claim, I concluded it was the nicotine the main culprit for my problem.

I made few tests on myself : started smoke again, but very very few cigarettes (3-4 a day). No irritation. After 1 week I used a 10 mg patch. A bad irritation 2 days after.

So, I am most likely allergic to nicotine. What do you say?
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Every time I use nicotine, I become severely depressed. At first I thought it was symptoms of PTSD, or the side effects to the medication I had been taking. I have been using nicotine for 3 years, I had quit for 7 years before that. Before my 7 year break from nicotine, I never had any problems with depression, so it never dawned on me that nicotine might be the culprit. I first weaned myself off the medication, but the symptoms never ceased even after 3 months of being off the medication. I did the same thing with different foods, drinks, soaps, shampoos, deodorants, cleaning products I used around the house, air frescoers, etc. I when to my doctor, and explained my problems with depression. He increased my dosage and/or put me on different medication, and/or added new medication for me to take. If it worked, it would only work for 3 months at best. After 2 years of the problem with depression, I started to search for natural ways to cure my depression (I never stopped taking my prescribed medication), but nothing ever worked. So, I reflected on what I had been doing the entire time. I had been using nicotine the entire time, so I started to experiment on myself with different types of nicotine. The more concentrated the nicotine (chew for example) the worse the depression, and faster the depression would set in. So, I would stop using nicotine and after 1 to 3 days (depending on how much nicotine I had used) the depression would subside. When I did use nicotine, within 15 to 45 minutes I would start going into depression. Now I am fighting to quit using nicotine, and knowing that nicotine regardless of what form it may come in (smoking, chewing, e-cig, gum, patch, etc.) I always go into depression, is making quitting much easier. Also, one thing I have learned, if you want to quit using nicotine and stay off it, you must quit cold turkey. The medications do help but everyone I have met who used the medication, gum, or patch, has eventually returned to using nicotine (usually within 3 to 6 months). I guess it is due to the ease they make when quitting. There is no compensation for the full experience and memory of the emotional fight, pride of quitting on one’s own, and the memory of the long struggle one goes through to quit. No matter whether you have an allergy to nicotine or not, quitting nicotine all together is one of the best things you can do. I hope this can help someone.            
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