Adam Hergenreder began vaping about two years ago (2017) at 16 years old. Mint and mango flavors were his favorite.
Now Adam, from Gurney, Illinois, USA, is hospitalized and unable to breathe without soundness. oxygen flow through tubes attached to his nostrils.
Doctors told an 18-year-old young man that the images of his lungs from chest radiographs look like those of a man in his 70s.
His lungs may never be the same again and vaping is likely to be guilty.
Adam is one of at least 27 patients with a history of vaping who has been hospitalized in recent weeks in Illinois for unknown respiratory illness.
Last month (August 2019), one of these patients died, and more than 200 other cases were reported in 24 other states by the end of last week, according to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The agency assists the Illinois Department of Public Health in investigating cases, along with the US F
Public health officials warn people to stop vaping while trying to determine what causes severe respiratory illness, what types of products patients have used and whether they contain nicotine or THC, the major psychoactive substance in marijuana that creates high value.
Adam said he started using nicotine tubs and bought them at convenience stores, even though he was a minor.
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Those in the vaping industry have blamed a home-made, illegal product on the recent rash of hospitalizations, although public health experts said they could not confirm it.
Even before hospitalizations, doctors and addiction specialists warn of the danger of varipe or e-cigarettes popular with young people.
In addition to the addictive properties of nicotine, they also contain chemicals used for flavoring that can cause damage to the lungs.
But as surface reports of more and more young people appear in emergency departments, struggling to breathe, employees are stepping up their public warnings and putting new restrictions on e-cigarettes.
Michigan became the first U.S. state to ban all flavored e-cigarettes earlier this month (September 2019)
Adam said he and his peers heard warnings from teachers and parents, but don't believe how much dangerous. "
He kept on boiling – up to one and a half pods a day.
" People just see this little (vape) pod and think, how can this do anything to my body? "Adam said from his hospital a bed at the Condell Attorney Medical Center in Libertyville, Illinois, where his mother took him after spending days in a violent state.
"I'm glad to be an example and show people that (vaping products) are not good at all. They will confuse your lungs. "
" Something is wrong "
Adam said he first started to feel like the flu and started vomiting.
When he couldn't stop, he woke his mother up the next morning, but after a trip to the emergency room and nausea medication, he looked better, said his mother, Polly Hergenerred.
Public health officials say that some of those with unknown disease report vomiting or diarrhea, as well as gradual difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or chest pain.
When Adam began to roll again, Polly took his son to another, closer emergency room (Condel), where a doctor ordered a scan of his stomach.  This scan raised the bottom of his lungs, revealing that "something was wrong," she said.
Adam was then hospitalized and oxygenated because he struggled to breathe. "This doctor saved my child's life," she says.
With the help of oxygen, steroids and antibiotics, Adam's condition improved, said Dr. Stephen Amesbury, one of his pulmonologists.
If this continues, it will be possible to harvest in a few days.
But his lungs will take weeks or months to recover, Dr. Amesbury said, and the signs of inflammation could cause permanent damage.
"Only time and further pulmonary studies will determine if it will return to normal," added Dr. Amesbury, who said he has treated other young people with pulmonary-related diseases.
to stop vaping
Dr. Amesbury said it was difficult to say exactly which vaping product or ingredient had damaged Adam's lungs.
"I don't think anyone knows for sure the exact mechanism of injury or what ingredient or pollutant in the (vaping) product is causing this somewhat epidemic of young people, hospitalizations wounds with these severe lung injuries., "he id.
"But clear (vaping) … will lead to more and more health consequences and a whole new generation of nicotine users."
Polly said she and her husband had warned all four of their sons about vaping, including tell them about mysterious respiratory illness and recent death.
If she finds an e-cigarette in her home, she will throw it away.
"My kids knew I was against it, and my husband was against it," she said. "But they will do their thing.
She said that she was surprised that her son wanted to get rid of his aversion to tobacco cigarettes.
Adam said that he had never smoked cigarettes or used other drugs, but could not stop vaping.
"I'm going to hit him more and more," he said. "I would cough immediately afterwards."
The family said they wanted to share their story in the hope that others would stay away from e-cigarettes, which experts say are attractive to teenagers because thin rectangular devices are easily hidden and have no odor of traditional tobacco cigarettes.
The devices heat a pod filled with flavored liquid that may contain nicotine or THC, which creates an inhalation aerosol.
"I feel stupid," Adam said. "I want other people to stop (vaping). Your lungs will attack. "- Chicago Tribune / Tribune News Service