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I stopped smoking two months ago and i still cough up sputum sometimes in the morning. Will it ever go away completely?

I stopped smoking two months ago and i still cough up sputum sometimes in the morning. Will it ever go away completely?

Yes: People who smoke tend to produce an excessive amount of mucus as their bodies attempt to protect against the toxins in the smoke, when they stop smoking it often takes months for the excessive mucus production to return to normal. Congratulations on stopping and things will return to normal assuming there are not any significant changes in your lung function. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Hey doc, i was smoking hookah and suddenly started coughing with mucus and the cough did not go away even after i stopped smoking. What it could be?

Hey doc, i was smoking hookah and suddenly started coughing with mucus and the cough did not go away even after i stopped smoking. What it could be?

Bronchospasm...: Your cough could be the result of bronchospasm with airway inflammation as a result of your smoking. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can effectively treat this so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Your doctor can also help with smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Stopped smoking, chesty cough spasms, making me physically sick, can't sleep, clear phlegm. 2 weeks now. Will anti biotics work?

Stopped smoking, chesty cough spasms, making me physically sick, can't sleep, clear phlegm. 2 weeks now. Will anti biotics work?

Highly unlikely: This does not sound like a bacterial infection. It is probably just "airway cleaning". But regular bronchodilators should help. Have them prescribed by your lung doc, after an examination. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a sharp pain on my left chest rib side. Its sore when I cough or sneeze. Its been there for about 1 to 2 weeks now. I stopped smoking a week ago due to coughing attacks and pain. What could it be?

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I have a sharp pain on my left chest rib side. Its sore when I cough or sneeze. Its been there for about 1 to 2 weeks now.
I stopped smoking a week ago due to coughing attacks and pain. What could it be?

This type of pain: suggests rib or pleura (the lung and heart lining) problems. My first thought might be a rib fracture..perhaps a fall or injury when you didn't appreciate the severity of the trauma. Or inflammation of pleura from a viral/other infection causing inflammation. You could take ibuprofen in suggested doses for up to a week. If no improvement, see Doc. Take this "silver lining" and stay off cigarettes! ...Read more

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I have stopped smoking now for 4 days and have developed a cough with a lot of phlegm also a runny nose and sneezing a lot so what would help?

I have stopped smoking now for 4 days and have developed a cough with a lot of phlegm also a runny nose and sneezing a lot so what would help?

THIS IS NORMAL: and congrats on quitting. Our respiratory system is lined with cells that contain tiny hairs that produce mucus which is designed to keep our air passages clear of particles, pollution and assorted other junk we breathe in. Tobacco smoke paralyzes these cells, but when you quit, they start working again to clean out all the junk. These symptoms are signs of a good thing. Stay hydrated & stay quit. ...Read more

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Im17yr old smoked for5yrs, stopped smoking for4days I had dry cough for almost a month & I already spit blood.is there chance that I have lung cancer?

Im17yr old smoked for5yrs, stopped smoking for4days I had dry cough for almost a month & I already spit blood.is there chance that I have lung cancer?

Probably not serious: Congratulations for stopping smoking: hang in there! Cancer is exceedingly rare at your age of 17, regardless of smoking history. Bronchitis and minor irritation of the airways can cause slight bleeding -- probably not serious unless it recurs or lots of blood. To be completely safe, see your doctor. But don't lose a lot of sleep in the meantime; probably this isn't serious. ...Read more

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I stopped smoking about 2weeks ago and 3 days ago I started coughing non stop.?

I stopped smoking about 2weeks ago and 3 days ago I started coughing non stop.?

See a doc: It’s not uncommon to have increased coughing after smoking cessation. It is because years of tar build-up is loosening and must be expelled from the lungs. Cigarette smoking destroys tiny hair-like projections lining the respiratory tract called cilia. When you quit smoking, the cilia need to repair and regenerate themselves. Coughing is often due to the reemerging cilia. But you should see a doc. ...Read more

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I stopped smoking cold turkey 12 days ago, but now I'm coughing a lot. Is this normal?

I stopped smoking cold turkey 12 days ago, but now I'm coughing a lot. Is this normal?

Yes.: You will have a productive cough up to eight weeks after you quit smoking as the mucociliary elevator in the airway starts up again and starts to clear out all the junk that's collected while you were smoking. Ride it out. ...Read more

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Stopped smoking 3 months ago, started exercising 2 days ago, chest feels tight and coughing all of the sudden is this normal?

Stopped smoking 3 months ago, started exercising 2 days ago, chest feels tight and coughing all of the sudden is this normal?

Be seen: I would probably be seen and thoroughly evaluated. A former smoker with chest tightness associated with exercise should have a cardiac and pulmonary workup including probably a stress test to make sure you don't have ischemic heart disease. ...Read more

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Stopped smoking over 2 weeks ago..And im coughing worse like im still smoking and coughing up phlem, I've had flu like symptoms and body aches?

Stopped smoking over 2 weeks ago..And im coughing worse like im still smoking and coughing up phlem, I've had flu like symptoms and body aches?

Congrats!: People stopping smoking will frequently experience a period where they are coughing soot and tar. If you look at your sputum, you will see very small curls of these substances. When people smoke, the cells which push out inhaled junk with little finger-like "cilia, " become denuded. After quiting, they grow back and bring up what has gone into your lungs. The flu like sx may be nicotine withdrawal. ...Read more

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I stopped smoking on 4/7 I was already sick/coughing Now I have left rib pain, sore throat, and wheezing (asthma) Is this normal Albuterol not helping?

I stopped smoking on 4/7 I was already sick/coughing Now I have left rib pain, sore throat, and wheezing (asthma) Is this normal Albuterol not helping?

Not normal: and you need to see your doctor, the rib pain is most probably due to the severe cough; albuterol may need to be doubled to have an effect or you may need something else after doctor's evaluation, best wishes ...Read more

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I just stopped smoking. I feel like I have to dry hack. How come?

I just stopped smoking. I feel like I have to dry hack. How come?

Cilia Waking Up: When you smoke you deaden the lungs little lining of cilia which are like little waving fingers lining your lungs. Cilia work like vacuum cleaners to work mucous upwards out of your chest. When you quit smoking your cilia naturally start working again to clean the lungs which is why a cough gets activated. This is actually a good thing! Weakened cilia is one of the damaging effects of smoking! ...Read more

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Stopped smoking developed laryngitis ? Is this normal?

Stopped smoking developed laryngitis ? Is this normal?

Not related: Congratulations on quitting smoking! keep it up. The laryngitis is very likely unrelated to the fact that you no longer smoke. Voice rest and hydration are your best immediate management. If you remain hoarse after 1-2 weeks, see an otolaryngologist for direct visualization of your vocal folds. ...Read more

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I didn't have anxiety until i stopped smoking will it go away?

I didn't have anxiety until i stopped smoking will it go away?

It should: It should go away in a couple weeks. Be patient and try a yoga class. Congratulations on quitting, its a great decision! ...Read more

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I stopped smoking weed 4 months ago and still have some vision issues. Will it ever clear up?

I stopped smoking weed 4 months ago and still have some vision issues. Will it ever clear up?

EYE DOCTOR?: Just wondering if you have seen an eye doctor to see what the issue is? Make sure that you have a good exam to determine the source of the visual problems. ...Read more

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I have recently just stopped smoking after 6 years. I am now 20. I stopped suddenly, will there be any side effects?

I have recently just stopped smoking after 6 years. I am now 20. I stopped suddenly, will there be any side effects?

Shouldn't be: nice job quitting. If you're feeling OK, there's nothing to worry about. It's a good time to increase your physical activity and feel even better. If you have withdrawal symptoms like craving or irritability, they will go away. Careful not to eat more (exercise) and congratulate yourself. Count the money you don't spend on cigs and enjoy! ...Read more

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What are some things i can due to help make sure baby and i are clean from thc? Stopped smoking 1 day ago. Deliver in 8 weeks

What are some things i can due to help make sure baby and i are clean from thc? Stopped smoking 1 day ago. Deliver in 8 weeks

Just stop: If I go looking for evidence of drug exposure in a newborn, I can find it for any exposure, including THC done after about 20 weeks gestation. There is no flushing agent for baby. If you are currently monitored by Children & Family services they will push an evaluation. If not stay clean & don't surround yourself with THC smelling friends while in labor, or they will look for it. ...Read more

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I have stopped smoking weed 7 days ago . When i smoked i was going to the toilet regularly and completeley emptying. Now i can't go the same?

I have stopped smoking weed 7 days ago . When i smoked i was going to the toilet regularly and completeley emptying. Now i can't go the same?

Constipation ?: Is not a justification to use weed . U can cause u self a lot of problem with it. There r certain food that can help with constipation as well i've the counter medication. ...Read more

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I've stopped smoking k2 spice due to the sie effects its been 72 hrs im still having withdrawl syptoms, how long does this last and advice to cope?

I've stopped smoking k2 spice due to the sie effects its been 72 hrs im still having withdrawl syptoms, how long does this last and advice to cope?

Get treatment: I recommend getting an eval at a drug & alcohol program. Usually the eval is free or low cost. Not as much is known abt synthetic cannabinoids, as they haven't been around as long as other drugs. Cannabinoids are fat soluable, so they stay in the body longer. Some symptoms can last weeks to months. It gets better, just don't use & get support from others who "get it" because they were where u r. ...Read more

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Using chantix, i stopped smoking 4 months. Now. I relapesed a week ago and started smoking. Can i just continue the chantix or do I have to start over?

Using chantix, i stopped smoking 4 months. Now. I relapesed a week ago and started smoking. Can i just continue the chantix or do I have to start over?

Try The Full Dose: You can try a faster taper, even starting at 1mg twice a day (the full dose) but if you get agitated or nauseous go down in the dose. (0.5 x 3d, then 0.5 2xd for 4d then 1mg 2xd). ...Read more

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I am on probation i stopped smoking 30 days ago and im still comming out high levels of tch i am 5'2 and 160 pounds only hav 30+ days or jail plz help?

I am on probation i stopped smoking 30 days ago and im still comming out high levels of tch i am 5'2 and 160 pounds only hav 30+ days or jail plz help?

Might be gone in 30d: but the time you needed help was to STOP smoking (I assume you meant THC and not tch so you are talking about marijuana) long before now. There are dozens of products on the market that claim to help you detox from THC, but I am not aware that any of them help. Nor does drinking large amounts of liquids. I wish you were as concerned about dealing with the use of marijuana as getting caught. ...Read more

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Hi I'm 31 years old and I recently stopped smoking about 2 months and since then I can't get an erection can you please give me advice or if anything ?

Hi I'm 31 years old and I recently stopped smoking about 2 months and since then I can't get an erection can you please give me advice or if anything ?

See below: Aside from psychological factors, smoking (and tobacco use) is likely the most common cause of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men under age 35-40 because of the vasoconstriction property of nicotine. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of stopping smoking and the restoration of erection function and quality. There are most likely other factors causing your ED: anxiety, stress, psychologic, etc ...Read more

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Friend stopped smoking at 63. Proud of him, after 40 years, but will that really cut his risks?

Friend stopped smoking at 63. Proud of him, after 40 years, but will that really cut his risks?

Damage: Forty years of damage is a lot, but yes it will reduce his risk some of progressive lung, heart damage, blood vessel blockages, and cancers. ...Read more

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I stopped smoking two weeks ago but im still blowing out smoke. Do you know why and where its coming from? How long it last?

I stopped smoking two weeks ago but im still blowing out smoke. Do you know why and where its coming from? How long it last?

Blowing out smoke: I assume that you may feel like smoke is still coming out of you, but in fact it may be that you feel the smell of it when you breathing especially if you didn't deodorize your clothes or car or any other things that may have absorbed it. Also, if you are still in the smoke environment, you may feel that way as well. Cigarette smoke would not otherwise be blowing out of you two weeks after quittin. ...Read more