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Cigarette smoke allergy is caused by the numerous toxic chemicals and irritants found in cigarette smoke. Not only are people with a cigarette smoke allergy extra sensitive to cigarette smoke than others, but recent studies also show that smoking may actually aggravate allergies. Common cigarette smoke allergy symptoms may include: burning or watery eyes, nasal congestion, or coughing.

Cigarette Smoke Allergy: An Overview

Cigarette smoke contains a number of toxic chemicals and irritants. People with a cigarette smoke allergy may be more sensitive to cigarette smoke than others, and research studies indicate that smoking may aggravate allergies.
Smoking does not just harm smokers but also those around them. Research has shown that children and spouses of smokers tend to have more respiratory infections and asthma than those of non-smokers. In addition, exposure to secondhand smoke can increase the risk of allergic complications such as sinusitis and bronchitis.

Symptoms of Cigarette Smoke Allergy

Common cigarette smoke allergy symptoms include:
  • Burning or watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Coughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of breath presenting as a wheeze.

Preventive Strategies for Cigarette Smoke Allergy

Don't smoke and if you do, seek support to quit smoking.
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