Teenage Girl Develops Wet Lung Condition After She Takes Up Vaping (Study)


Girl smoking a black and pink e-cigarette

The wet lung condition appears as an allergic reaction of the respiratory system

While it’s a general conviction that vaping is safer than smoking, there is quite enough evidence that this habit is pretty harmful as well. A team of researchers have recently developed a case study on a teenager who experienced some unpleasant symptoms even after short-term vaping. Her immune system got affected and she developed a condition called wet lung.

Vaping isn’t as harmless as you might think

People usually call cigarettes worse than vaping pens because there’s enough evidence to prove it. Cigarette smoking has been around for hundreds of years, so it’s easy to study its effect on the long term. However, vaping is only a new trend, so we cannot really say how it impacts our health.

A recent case has just shown that this habit might look healthier, but it also has terrible effects on our body. This week, the doctors and researchers from the Medical Center of the University of Pittsburgh have received an 18-year-old patient who experienced chest pains and difficulties in breathing. The girl said she had started feeling unwell three weeks before, when she had taken up the habit of vaping.

The chemicals in the vaping pen might trigger the wet lung condition

The doctors soon discovered she was suffering from a condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis, also known as wet lung. They blamed the toxic chemicals found in the vaping pen for the extreme damage on her respiratory system. These chemicals caused the inflammation of the lungs which, in turn, triggered a severe immune response.

Now, it’s hard to say that vaping can automatically cause wet lung. Also, we cannot tell how many cases were actually the result of electronic cigarette smoking. However, there is some evidence that this habit is not completely risk-free.

The wet lung condition is an inflammation of the lungs where white blood cells start filling them. In other words, it is an allergic reaction, and it’s usually triggered by dust, fungi, or other allergens. However, toxic chemicals can issue the same response.

The case study on the strange wet lung condition was published in the journal Pediatrics.

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