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Dr. Dean Giannone
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Smoking Cessation (Definition)

Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more


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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had strong shortness of breath after quitting smoking for 2 weeks?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had strong shortness of breath after quitting smoking for 2 weeks?

Should get better: But it is common for cough and sputum production to increase after stopping smoking, because your lungs are now able to clean themselves out from the crud you have been putting down there. The coughing can feel like shortness of breath. Don"t start again because of this. You will feel better and better after a few weeks, and the health effects will be the best thing you can do for yourself. ...Read more

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Does shortness of breath go away after quitting smoking?

Does shortness of breath go away after quitting smoking?

Smoking: If severe irreversible lung damage hasn't been caused by the smoking, then shortness of breath may improve with quitting smoking. ...Read more

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How soon after quitting smoking will the shortness of breath go away?

How soon after quitting smoking will the shortness of breath go away?

Varies: It depends on a lot of things. How long you have been smoking, whether there is a lot of acute inflammation or infection, what the exact factors are in the shortness of breath, are all factors that could influence the result. Unless there has been a lot of irreversible damage to the lungs, you should eventually note improvement. For sure, stopping smoking is your best chance to improve. ...Read more

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How quickly following quitting smoking does the shortness of breath go away?

Smoking: Depends on what problems the smoking has caused, if its caused irreversible lung damage the symtpoms won't go away, if the lung changes are reversible some will be quick others could take months. ...Read more

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Does quitting smoking result in shortness of breath im 49 and haven't smoked for 4 or 5 days now?

Does quitting smoking result in shortness of breath im 49 and haven't smoked for 4 or 5 days now?

It can: The toxins in tobacco paralyse the cilia (whiplike hairs) in your respiratory tract. When you stop smoking, the cilia start working again by whipping junk out of your lungs and airway. As a result you may be coughing and bringing up mucus. ...Read more

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Is it common to be short of breath and have excessive mucus production even two months after quitting smoking?

Is it common to be short of breath and have excessive mucus production even two months after quitting smoking?

Yes: It all depends on how long you smoked and if you already have chronic bronchitis (which is a form of copd). To evaluate that you may need full pulmonary function test. Remember when you quit smoking, inflammation that the smoking triggered does not quit right away ...Read more

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Can you get bad headaches after quitting smoking for 2 days?

Can you get bad headaches after quitting smoking for 2 days?

Stimulant: Any time you take a stimulant regularly, the stop it, you can get a headache, for a day or longer. Nicotine is similar to caffeine, similar to to pseudoephedrine, all lead to headaches once stopped. ...Read more

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How can you treat a bad cold and an after-quitting-smoking cough?

How can you treat a bad cold and an after-quitting-smoking cough?

Within a few weeks: If you quit smoking before you have moderate to severe COPD which is the term encompassing chronic bronchitis and emphysema you will see improvement in your stamina in several weeks and you will see disappearance of a chronic cough in just a few weeks. Also, nasal congestion and post-nasal drainage are much improved after stopping smoking. ...Read more

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How to reduce bad moods when quitting smoking?

How to reduce bad moods when quitting smoking?

Exercise: Don exercise, group meetings & medications if needed. ...Read more

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I am quitting smoking. I need to know what to do about the withdrawals. I didn't realize they were as bad as they are until I ask how long it takes to?

I am quitting smoking. I need to know what to do about the withdrawals. I didn't realize they were as bad as they are until I ask how long it takes to?

It veries: Different people approach stopping smoking differently. It feels rough and can last different amount of time for each person. You can try having a half of smoke when it gets bad but then cut that out when you can. It should get easier in a few weeks, but it depends on your approach. ...Read more

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Do I have copd?! emphysema? Almost 25. Wheezing. I'm quitting smoking after 8 years. Sob. History of anxiety. Cough that tastes bad. Doc says reflux

Do I have copd?! emphysema? Almost 25. Wheezing. I'm quitting smoking after 8 years. Sob. History of anxiety. Cough that tastes bad. Doc says reflux

Unlikely: Not after 8 years, even 2 packs/day.Nicotine withdrawal slows gut=>constipation=>reflux which causes wheezing. Also, healing lungs eject retained smoky mucous from deep down that tastes bad ; increases wheeze. Anxiety worsens, too. If it helps, it all happened to me when I quit 2 packs/day for 9yrs. It's temporary. Drink lots of fluids, rest. Treat wheezing/reflux if needed. You're so worth it. ...Read more

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Are hoarseness and a sore throat off and on and a bad taste in my mouth withdraw symptoms from quitting smoking?

Are hoarseness and a sore throat off and on and a bad taste in my mouth withdraw symptoms from quitting smoking?

Congrats on quitting: Withdrawal symptoms are actually signs that your body is healing. Most of these symptoms peak approximately 3-5 days after quitting, and then begin to taper off. Be patient and good luck! ...Read more

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Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

Everyone is: Different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Not smoking can make things better but you need to see doctor. Better off w/out e-cigs. Peace & health. ...Read more

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Why does garlic cause bad breath?

Why does garlic cause bad breath?

Garlic breath: Garlic contains several sulfur compounds, which alone can cause bad breath, but they also promote the growth of oral bacteria, which may further add to the problem. Garlic lovers can absorb some of the sulfur compounds into their bloodstream & the body can exude the odor through the pores. Brushing teeth & tongue, gargling with mouthwash, eating parsley may help diminish the odor somewhat. ...Read more

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What can I do about my bad breath?

What can I do about my bad breath?

Med causes: Dr sandler provided an excellent response. Problems with bad breath (hallatosis) can be related to oral hygiene (i.e., caries, periodontal disease, insufficient saliva) or due to general medical problems such as sinusitis, gastric reflux, diabetes etc.. Recommend starting with a dental evaluation. If that doesn’t turn up the cause – then recommend evaluation by your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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What can you do about really bad breath?

What can you do about really bad breath?

See your dentist: Just trying to use mouth washes and breath mints may temporarily help, but I would see your dentist to get a definitive way of helping you. You may require additional dental cleanings or need to be educated in proper hygiene, always brush your tongue and check out the foods, drinks, supplements and meds that you are taking. Are you a mouth breather? ...Read more

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Help! What can be causing my bad breath?

Mulitfactorial: Bad breath, or halitosis, is caused by a production of variable sulfur compound (vsc), which is a break down product of blood. As your gum bleed, vsc produced and caused bad breath. To treat halitosis, you must have good oral hygiene. Check with your dentist to eliminate the cause of bleeding such as food impaction, tooth or gum abscess, faulty restoration or tooth decay, malocclusion. ...Read more

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Bad breath since I was a child, what to do?

Bad breath since I was a child, what to do?

Depends: It depends upon the cause. The most common is from the mouth and there are mouth rinses and tongue scrappers that work well. Talk with you dentist 1st... And if there is no change, see your physician to rule out a systemic or GI problem. ...Read more

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How can you stop bad breath in the daytime?

How can you stop bad breath in the daytime?

Bad breath: Remedies for bad breath include regular oral hygiene, dental cleanings, brushing the tongue everyday. Keep the mouth moist all the time and if you have any acid reflux problem or any other stomach problems, see your physician. Using an alcohol free mouthwash after meals will help as well. ...Read more

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What can I do to tell if I have bad breath?

What can I do to tell if I have bad breath?

Smell your wrist: After you lick it with your tongue, is one techniques. There was a device available for a while to measure the amount of chemicals from your mouth, but I don't belive there have been many follow up studies on its effectiveness and haven't heard much about it in years. I think it was called a holorimeter, you should check with tor dentist to make sure the odur is not part of another problem. ...Read more

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What should I do about my bad breath problem?

What should I do about my bad breath problem?

Dental exam 1st: There are lots of dental and medical reasons for bad taste and bad breath. See the following site for more information: http://smilesapartcosmeticdentist. Com/fresh-breath-control. Htm the most common cause is poor oral hygiene, cavities, and gum problems. Post nasal drip, acid reflux are common medical causes. Start by ruling out the dental ones first. ...Read more

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Don't know what I should do about bad breath?

Determine cause: Until the cause of your bad breath is determined, no one can tell you what to do. That's why you need to make appointments with your local dentist and physician so that you can be examined and diagnosed. ...Read more

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What can bad breath mean and what can be done?

What can bad breath mean and what can be done?

Teeth and gums: The most common cause of bad breathe is from your mouth. If you have not seen a dentist recently start with an exam and then your teeth cleaned or scaling as recommended. Oral hygiene is essential, good brushing of teeth and tongue and flossing.
If gums are healthy bad breathe can be caused by allergies, sinus, gerd, and other GI disorders. See md after dentist. ...Read more

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What can I do to permanently remove bad breath?

See a dentist: In the majority of cases, the cause of bad breath, or halitosis, is the product of bacteria in the mouth. The proper diagnosis is the key to a successful treatment. See your dentist for Halimeter test, diagnosis and bad breath treatment that depends on its cause. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for a bad breath problem?

What do you recommend for a bad breath problem?

Adequate brushing: There are a number of factors that can contribute to 'bad breathe'. A simple solution might involve effectively brushing all surfaces of the teeth, tongue side, cheek/lip side and biting surfaces of the teeth. Flossing should ensue as well as gently brushing the top of your tongue. If the problem persists, see a dentist or a physician to rule out stomach or respiratory problems. ...Read more

Dr. Greg Rubin
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Bad Breath (Definition)

A foul odor from the mouth. Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with ...Read more


Dr. David Brouwer
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Quitting Smoking (Definition)

Quitting smoking is the process of discontinuing the use ...Read more