Being Allergic To Cigarette Smoke

What Causes Cigarette Smoke Allergy?

Cigarette smoke allergy can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose cigarette smoke allergy, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "cigarette smoke allergy" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Vasomotor Rhinitis
  • Hepatitis
  • Food Allergies
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Liver Congestion

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
history of non-vaginal candidiasis
heart racing/palpitations
meal-induced pain for over a month
candidiasis
wearing dirty dentures while awake
very pale fingernails
significant right lumbar pain
onion intolerance
anal itching
being a recovering alcoholic
high current exposure to solvents
rapid pulse rate
... and more than 130 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of cigarette smoke allergy:
Cause Probability Status
Hepatitis 93% Confirm
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 71% Possible
Liver Congestion 24% Unlikely
Food Allergies 4% Ruled out
Candida / Yeast 2% Ruled out
Vasomotor Rhinitis 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate suffering allergic/other reactions, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Does cigarette smoke cause allergy-like symptoms for you? For example, sneezing, coughing, watering/burning eyes, runny nose, congestion, breathing difficulty, headache.
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Minor symptoms after prolonged exposure
→ Moderate symptoms after prolonged exposure
→ Moderate symptoms after a short time, later severe
→ Severe reaction to even small amounts of smoke
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either cigarette smoke sensitivity or high cigarette smoke sensitivity, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Allergy to Foods (Hidden)

Smoke can aggravate underlying allergies.

Nonallergic / Vasomotor Rhinitis

Given a certain amount of smoke, a person with vasomotor rhinitis will experience significantly more discomfort than someone who does not have it.

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