Yes we all know that smoking is bad for us; but what some of us may not know is that cigarette smoke is actually an allergen for many; not only those that smoke, but also for those that are around smokers.
Smoke allergies may not be very easy to spot, since they have much the same symptoms as other common allergies such as pet dander or pollen[pollen allergies]:
- Tobacco smoke irritates the eyes, so that results in watery or itchy eyes, that you keep wanting to rub.
- A chronic cough could be a symptom of a smoke allergy. The body views smoke as an irritant and seeks to expel it by coughing.
- Sneezing is another symptom that is seen commonly in a smoke allergy.
- Sometime shortness of breath is an extreme reaction to smoke and this must be reported immediately.
It is sometimes argued that smoke allergy is not an allergy at all because it is not the body’s reaction to an innocuous substance. This is a harmful pernicious substance that the body is right to reject.
However, this question is academic; whether it is an allergy or a reaction to smoke that triggers these symptoms. It is important to identify such reactions of the body to certain stimulus and be aware of steps to take in such cases.