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How long does cough last after quitting smoking? Quit week ago. Coughing up a lot of brown and clear phlegm

How long does cough last after quitting smoking? Quit week ago. Coughing up a lot of brown and clear phlegm

First of all: Congratulations on quitting! The cough could certainly last a few weeks while your lungs start to clear. If the cough persists for longer and is accompanied by any other symptoms you should see your doctor. Stay healthy! ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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I throw up brown phlegm two months after quitting smoking?

I throw up brown phlegm two months after quitting smoking?

Common: After quitting smoking the cilia in the lung become more active and clean out particulate matter in the airways. For up to 6 months following smoking cessation there may actually be increased phlegm production which is actually beneficial. It shows the lung is repairing itself. ...Read more

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Frequent shortness breathing, occasional chest pains, dextrochardia condition, no cough, no phlegm, quitting smoking, have many work deadlines, age 31?

Frequent shortness breathing, occasional chest pains, dextrochardia condition, no cough, no phlegm, quitting smoking, have many work deadlines, age 31?

See doctor: The dextrocardia has nothing to do with it. I suspect that your problem is likely from anxiety but it won't hurt to get a doctor to check you out. ...Read more

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Its been 2 & half months after quitting smoking and still occasionally coughing brown phelgm. What should I do?

Its been 2 & half months after quitting smoking and still occasionally coughing brown phelgm. What should I do?

Stay the course: Congratulations on quitting smoking. This is probably the single best thing you could do for your health. It takes up to 9 months for your lungs to heal. So coughing up phlegm is still normal unless you have a fever and are short of breath. Keep up the good work! ...Read more

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Its been 2 months after quitting smoking and still occasionally coughing brown phelgm. Is this a dangerous sign or shud I wait till it stop.

Its been 2 months after quitting smoking and still occasionally coughing brown phelgm. Is this a dangerous sign or shud I wait till it stop.

Discovering Damage: No. This is normal. This brown garbage you are coughing up is what your lungs have had to live with while you smoked. It is the visible evidence of the damage you did your lungs. Let them clean themselves out and heal. ...Read more

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How much time the brown or black cough last after quitting smoking? And after how much time I should consult a doctor?

How much time the brown or black cough last after quitting smoking? And after how much time I should consult a doctor?

Can go on for weeks: There are tiny little hair cells on the respiratory epithelium whose job it is to push any accumulated mucus up the tract to where it is coughed out on a regular basis. Tobacco smoke stops these cells from working, so a lot of junk just accumulates lower down. When you stop smoking, they begin to work again, and cough can last several weeks or even a month or more. If cough goes on 2 m., see MD. ...Read more

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Can you suggest tips on quitting smoking?

Can you suggest tips on quitting smoking?

Harness your rage: Other people will tell you things that may help -- i'll tell you to resolve not to give one more penny to those despicable people who got you addicted in the first place by their vile advertising. Every time you smoke, you reward the tobacco company ceo's. As the jedi emperor said, "use your hate." just this once, you have a good reason. ...Read more

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What is the best method of quitting smoking?

What is the best method of quitting smoking?

Be angry at it: The nih has a wonderful website with many resources for smokers who want to stop. Visit it to see if it can help you. Your doctor plays an important role in supporting you and helping with medications if necessary. See http://health. Nih. Gov/topic/smokingcessation or http://www. Surgeongeneral. Gov/initiatives/tobacco/index. Html. ...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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Please tell me what to do after quitting smoking?

Please tell me what to do after quitting smoking?

Good of you to ask..: Having urges and cravings for nicotine confirm that you were addicted. The best way to minimize physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms is to gradually reduce the amount of the drug you are taking. The best way for you to do this is with nicotine replacement therapy, such as the patches that provide a constant low dose in three strengths that you can taper down over 1-2 weeks each. ...Read more

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Is the patch or pills better for quitting smoking?

Is the patch or pills better for quitting smoking?

Person dependent: I love helping people stop smoking! There is no single effective plan for everyone though. First we need to talk about your habits, what you've tried before, mood/ behavior tendencies, how much nicotine you use, etc. Etc. Most of the time a combination of techniques is best! ...Read more

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What approaches work best to go about quitting smoking?

What approaches work best to go about quitting smoking?

Work with your Docto: There are many ways to quit smoking from goig cold turkey to therapy to nicotine replacement and other drugs like zyban (bupropion) and chantix
most people who have smoked over long time and are serious about quiting the best way in my opinion is to work with your health care provider, who knows your history and can motivate you and recommend the best regimen which will work for you. It could be referal or rx. ...Read more

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Which are the most effective drugs for quitting smoking?

Chantix and Zyban (bupropion): Beside nicotine replacement gums and patches available over the counter. There are only two drugs approved by fda for quitting smoking
chantix works b reactivating nicotine receptors in the brain which reduces craving for nicotine
zyban is an anti depressantby cotrollong Dopamine andnorepinephrine neurotrnsmitters that help monitor moods, those are also associated with craving nicotine and addiction. ...Read more

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How quickly will you feel the effects of quitting smoking?

How quickly will you feel the effects of quitting smoking?

Quickly: Effects of withdrawal happen in minutes to hours after last use, the more you smoke the quicker you are having withdrawal and craving. Expect this it will get better, keep an eye on your reasons for quitting, seek support, meds can help, but strong desire is most important. You will then have positive effects of quitting, mood more stable, anxiety better, physically feel better. You can do it! ...Read more

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What should I do to shed weight if you are quitting smoking?

What should I do to shed weight if you are quitting smoking?

FoodChoice, WtDaily &: Hf/lc non/minimally processed foods least likely to be stored as fat, yet quantities & activity levels also factors. Lf/hc, as promoted for decades, drives obesity for many, including exercisers & smokers. Yet issues & balances critical, thus wt daily to 0.1 lb, record/track while you still remember specifics & adjust. Study big fat lies, mcgovern's report, dietdoctor, science for smart people etc. ...Read more

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Should I try exercise while having SOB after quitting smoking?

Should I try exercise while having SOB after quitting smoking?

In General Yes: Exercise is recommended even for patients who have advanced lung disease.

SOB should be investigated by a doctor first to find out what's causing it and whether something needs to be done.

Common causes include asthma, anemia (low blood count), emphysema and reconditioning.
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What kind of changes in appearance can I expect from quitting smoking?

What kind of changes in appearance can I expect from quitting smoking?

Nothing dramatic: Alcohol increases the aging of the skin, and depending on how long you have smoked, how heavily, and how much damage has already occurred, you may find that your skin is smoother, more flexible and less wrinkled. Nicotine stains ultimately wear off after cessation. But dramatic changes in appearance do not occur. ...Read more

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Why has food stopped tasting of anything six weeks after quitting smoking?

Why has food stopped tasting of anything six weeks after quitting smoking?

Because smoking: Smoking effects the taste buds and the food taste differently, and than when you quit the taste buds are returning to normal and for a while your taste of food may be lost or different
do not start smoking again and give some time for food to taste better
if it persists see your doctor or ENT speciaist. ...Read more

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Can quitting smoking cause intrusive thoughts?

Can quitting smoking cause intrusive thoughts?

ISmoking can: But these are typically related to the act of smoking or ones self perceived will power. When in doubt seek councilng to assist with the process (at the very least) ...Read more

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Do you have ideas that work on quitting smoking?

Keep trying: There's no quick fix, but there's options to increase your chances. Quitting happens fast - you just stop. Hard part is staying tobacco-free! Best treatments with highest chance of success are 'coaching' - you can get this free calling 800-quit-now - gives you tips to improve your skills ; ability to cope. Withdrawal symptoms go down with nicotine or non-nicotine meds. More: http://smokefree. Gov. ...Read more

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What negative side effects to quitting smoking are there?

What negative side effects to quitting smoking are there?

They're temporary: There's very little down side to stopping tobacco, and huge benefits that last forever. "Side effects" are highly variable, meaning some people have none, and some have temporary discomfort and other symptoms of withdrawal. Such as being irritable, sleepy, etc. These go away. Some folks crave certain foods, and may gain weight. Drink water. More info at http://smokefree. Gov/steps-to-prepare ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could quitting smoking effect my anxiety medicine?

Thoughts? Could quitting smoking effect my anxiety medicine?

Will help anxiety.: The use of nicotine puts you on an anxiety roller coaster. Once you have stopped that and after a period of several months your anxiety will be much more treatable by effective meds like zoloft or lexapro (escitalopram). ...Read more

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Will quitting smoking cure my asthma?

Will quitting smoking cure my asthma?

Not really: Consider asthma a lifelong condition like a missing leg, only for asthma it is not as obvious and can be controlled by avoiding triggers. It is not like appendicitis where you can take it out & you are cured. Smoking is a well known trigger to lung irritation that will always aggravate asthma to some degree. Stopping may actually let you go for years between events, or just reduce their intensity. ...Read more

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No cough after quitting smoking, why?

No cough after quitting smoking, why?

What's the problem?: You quit. Congrats. Why do you think that quitting would cause a a cough. Be happy and worry about something else. ...Read more

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Can you cure COPD by quitting smoking?

Can you cure COPD by quitting smoking?

Sorry no: COPD by definition is irreversible. But by quitting smoking, you, can certainly reduce the progression and your long term prognosis. Never too late to quit! ...Read more

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Will quitting smoking help clear up hpv?

Will quitting smoking help clear up hpv?

No: No, but it will be good for you in so many other ways. ...Read more

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


Dr. David Brouwer
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Quitting Smoking (Definition)

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