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Started Wheezing After Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more
I quit smoking cigarettes 6 days ago and for the last 4 nights I've been getting a terrible cough/wheeze in the evenings only.
Congratulations!: Now that your bodyis not chronically irritated by the smoke and chemicals, the cilia in your lungs are becoming mobile again. Your body is starting to move old mucous and damaged cells out of your lungs. This should resolve soon. If not, seek medical care. Good luck!! ...Read more
I don't take any meds for my asthma. I quit smoking 7 days ago but keep wheezing and then start coughing. After how long will this disappear?
Time to use inhaler: Your asthma is worsened by your smoking, and the chronic coughing, wheezing is your lungs cilia trying to move the particles of mucus, and other debris out of your lungs from what you inhaled by smoking! So, you need to assist the lungs further, before you end up with bronchitis or something else. Call your PCP to assist. You are creating an inflammatory condition otherwise. ...Read more
Yes: Stick with it, it will clear up. Good for you for quitting! ...Read more
I quit smoking, but now when I run, I get a smoker's wheeze. How can I get rid of this and the lower breath capacity?
For 1wk wake up with slight tightness in chest, wheezing. Goes away after ~30min. Quit smoking 2yrs ago, had same symptoms b4 quitting.?
Quit smoking 4 days ago and am now coughing, is this normal? Wheezing at night and chest tightness in the morning stopped the first day I quit.
Yes: It is quite common for cough and wheezing to increase after smoking cessation. The hair cells that line the resp. Tract wake up and start working, moving all the junk that you have accumulated in your airways. This can go on for several weeks, but tends to improve within a month. Stick with it! Take adequate fluids to allow your lungs to liquify the mucus and get it out. Try support groups. ...Read more
I recently quit smoking. I am an otherwise healthy and active 25 yo female. About a month after I quit I started waking up with mid sleep asthma. It's like waking in an asthma atack, severe wheezing and have to sit upright for about an hour sometimes 3 be
I quit smoking 1.5 yrs ago after smoking in and off for 13 yrs. I have no chest pain, no cough, and am physically active. Why am I wheezing?
Airways disease: Smoking is a major cause of lung disorders but may combine with other exposures like pollution to affect your lungs. Sometimes a heart condition may lead to wheezing or you may actually have asthma previously unsuspected. Talk with your doctor about getting a check-up with a lung specialist. You may also need a cardiac check-up. Rarely, wheezing may also come from your throat (stridor). ...Read more
Quit smoking dec. 2012. Had a few cigs in between. Total pack years is 23. What are my risks of lung cancer in my 40's? 50's? 60's? Currently have wheezing, 3yrs ago pulm. Told me have early emphysema.
Nicotine addiction: Despite scientific knowledge of serious health detriment, addiction to nicotine remains common! If you are a smoker/nicotine addict, and you quit nicotine, that will be the single most important thing you can do for your long term health. Start by decreasing your nicotine use, then seek medical advice to finally quit. Go slow and don't give up. ...Read more
Yes: Most people do gain weight when they quit smoking, for several reasons. Smoking decreases appetite, taste and smell, and may increase metabolism. When you quit, your appetite increases, food tastes and smells better, and your metabolism may decrease again. Don't let this stop you from quitting. You can learn to maintain a healthy weight again, and smoking is just not worth it! ...Read more
It can be controlled: A smoking cessation program should be part of each and every person's smoking cessation plan, because they will give you information on how to deal with increased appetite, which happens in almost everyone who quits smoking. Simple techniques - drinking lots of water to fill the stomach, use of carrot or celery sticks can help. Medication can also help in some cases. It is still a good decision!! ...Read more
Smart Wean: I often recommend that smokers wean from their cigarettes. My focus is not on the number of the cigarettes but on the times that you smoke. Think of the 3 times that you will miss smoking the most when you quit. Work up to waiting at least 30 mins after the trigger before you smoke so that when you quit cravings will be minimal at the trigger moments. ...Read more
Social support: Social support helps--your doc or hospital may know of a group for you. Coffee/tea mugs, cigarettes, all give off a "i'm on a break message" to self and others. Give yourself permission to take a break/relax w/out that. Oral habit so mints, gum, etc. Can help. You can do it and your loved ones will be grateful. ...Read more
Secret tip - exhale: Doctors are very good providing advice and helping if you find you need it. One tip that few know about or mention. The breathing pattern - you know it well - is actually very good for you (especially the exhale). When folk quit, part of what the body misses is this! Keep doing it - as much as ever - just w/o the tobacco. It makes it much easier. Just like always, but w/o the smoke. It works! ...Read more
Smoking Cessation: Hello. Check out smoking cessation programs at your local hospital. They usually include one on one assessment, group interactions, education about the process as well as support & medications. Quitting success rates tend to be much higher when you join a smoking cessation program compared to doing it without support. Auricular acupuncture can also be very helpful in reducing cravings. ...Read more
LOTS of good things: Heart rate and carbon monoxide in your blood drop. Heart attack risk begins to drop and your lungs work better. Coughing, shortness of breath and risk of lung infection all decrease. After a year your risk of having a stroke is back to normal. In 10 yrs your risk of lung cancer death is half that of a smoker's. Cancer risk of the throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decrease. ...Read more
Positive reinforceme: Keep medical follow up, keep exercising & avoid smokers. ...Read more
Some quick some slow: Kudos for quitting! nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. Some things should feel better quickly, like waking up easier, tasting food, even clearer thinking. Cravings may last a while, but most major withdrawal is only 3-5 days. Get support from a group or class, search 4 nicotine anonymous mtgs. Most cravings are 3-5 mins. Distract yrself when they come however you can. ...Read more