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A 38-year-old member asked:

Why do i swell so bad and turn pink with veins popping out when i smoke crystal meth? i am 23 female 170 lbs with no health problems and i have only smoked crystal a few times something i have not got used to yet

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
In : In addition to the information that dr. Christensen provided about over stimulation from crystal methamphetamine, be aware that swelling of face, tongue and lips can be a life threatening allergic reaction to it. You said you have no health problems. If you continue to smoke crystal meth you will have health problems.
Dr. Stephen Christensen
Family Medicine 36 years experience
As : As you've discovered, smoking is a quick and efficient way to deliver methamphetamine (or any other substance) into your bloodstream. Since methamphetamine is a stimulant, it increases your heart rate and blood pressure, which increases the rate at which blood is pushed through your arteries, capillaries, and veins. This, in turn, leads to dilated veins, flushing, and capillary leakage (which results in swelling). In short, your reaction to smoking crystal meth is not unusual.

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