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I think my allergies have gotten worse since i quit smoking. is this normal?

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Dr. Madhukar Punja
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
No: I have come across some patients tell me this and there are some anecdotal cases of this happening. The only explanation that i can think of is that the the nicotine in cigarette smoke is a vasoconstrictor and keeps the congestion in the nasal passages at bay. When its effect wears off there may be some nasal congestion. I don't think this long lasting.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Yes: It is definitely a possibility. Increased coughing in smokers after quitting for the first 3-4 months is very common. It will go away.

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