A mum was left with painful burn-like rashes all over her body after having a serious allergic reaction to vaping.
Lisa Santiago-Griggs, 42, is calling for a change in the law which would require anyone trying a vape for the first time to be tested for allergies.
She was admitted to hospital on Sunday â€“ 24 hours after trying a vape to medicate long-term pain from a broken back.
Speaking from hospital where she is on a drip, Lisa said: â€˜Iâ€™d never vaped or even smoked before so it was new to me.
â€˜They just sold it to me and sent me on my way without any advice of the possible side-effects.
â€˜At 2am, I woke with an itch and all of a sudden by 4.30am I was completely covered in a painful rash.
â€˜Iâ€™ve never had an allergic reaction to anything before â€“ this was horrible.
â€˜It was a covering my body, very painful, and it felt like my skin was burning from underneath, burning up from the inside.â€™
Lisa, from Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, suffered from a broken back four years ago and had been taking cannabis CBD oil tablets to help cope with the pain of her long-term condition.
She moved onto the vape in the hope that it would help ease the pain.
Lisa took several anti-histamine tablets to fight the rash but they had no effect â€“ and she went to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
She said: â€˜It was starting to blister now, and getting serious.
â€˜They are treating me with steroids and Iâ€™m on a drip. I have to stay in until itâ€™s calmed down and they can work out exactly what is going on.
â€˜I am 100 per cent convinced it was the vape.
â€˜Doing a bit of research, Iâ€™ve found that this has been known, but they donâ€™t tell you. Most people arenâ€™t aware.â€™
Lisa said she would not normally share images of her own body.
She said: â€˜These arenâ€™t pretty pictures and Iâ€™m not body confident, but I feel these need to be seen, to understand how bad a reaction can be.
â€˜I felt like I was on fire from the inside out.
â€˜It was unbearable and it affected by internal organs, like my heart rate, blood pressure and lungs.â€™
Lisa said she wants vape shops to agree to only sell a full vape to someone after they have tested it and waited 24 hours.
She added: â€˜They do exactly this in the hairdressers to check you wonâ€™t have an allergic reaction to a new hair product, so why canâ€™t they do this for vapes.â€™