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Do Your Lungs Heal After You Quit Smoking
Smoking: It varies, but way take any chances, it is best to quit right now! ...Read more
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
Some quick some slow: If u quit, good 4 u! 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 yourself when they come however you can. ...Read more
Tremendous Incentive: After one year off cigarettes, your cardiac risk decreases is less than 1/2 of smoker, 5 years risk of cva decreases, 10 yrs, risk of lung cancer drops to 30 to 50% and 15 yrs, cardiac risk is same as if never smoked. Your lungs will never fully clean themselves as you say but your overall health will be greatly improved. ...Read more
Eventually: Repeated breaths progressively dilute out the seond hand smoke, after cessation of exposure. Note that more than 10, 000 people die each year, in the us, from second-had smoke, so it is best to avoid it. ...Read more
Not necessarily: It depends on what kind of damage was present before you stopped smoking, and this varies highly between smokers, based on how much they smoke, how deeply they inhale, and genetic and environmental factors as well. The lungs can completely heal after smoking cessation, although the dark pigment will not go away. If damage has been done, some healing can also occur, but isn't usually 100%. ...Read more
All fruits/veggies: Lung health is improved by diets that rely heavily on fruits and vegetables. There are findings that especially apples and tomatoes may protect against respiratory illness, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society. Reasons are being considered, but uncertain. In any case, good for you! Best wishes! ...Read more
Yes! Just Do It!: If you've quit tobacco, you have already begun to be healthier. Your smell and taste, your breathing and circulation get stronger. Exercise can help in several ways. First, can help combat any withdrawal symptoms - cravings, etc. - that many get after quitting. Second, exercise works to avoid cravings for high calorie foods and possible weight gain. Also, it helps improve your fitness. Get going! ...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
Yes: COPD is caused by the accumulated damage created by exposure of the lungs to the toxins in cigarette smoke. If smoking is stopped, no new damage occurs and some old damage can heal. However, just like with the skin, sometimes scarring is left behind which can leave permanent changes. Damage that is not yet "scarred" can often heal. The sooner the smoking stops, the better. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Thinking about quitting smoking. How can I quit smoking and stay quit if my husband chooses to continue to smoke?
Set boundaries: Congratulations. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. While a challenge, millions have quit. The most important factor is a strong desire to stop. There are many techniques. See http://whyquit.com and http://www.shareguide.com/smoking.html If your husband smokes set STRICT boundaries; don't let him smoke in your presence; make him go outside to a place you can't smell it. ...Read more
Stop exposing them: The good news: a few hours after you stop breathing smoke, your body starts healing from its damaging effects. Heart rate drops. Carbon monoxide levels drop to normal. In a few weeks, your lungs work better. Within a year, your risk for heart disease is half what it was. Withing 15 years, you have no greater risk for respiratory cancers than a non smoker. ...Read more
Maybe: It depends on how you think you will be the most successful but most data shows that if you are truly ready to quit, going "cold turkey" seems to be slightly more successful. But that's only if you are truly ready. If you're not, it will be a struggle either way. I would suggest talking with your doctor to find the best method that might work for you. Good luck! ...Read more
Why does emphysema keep progressing even if you stop exposing your lungs to irritants such as tobacco smoke?
I don't imagine you: are talking about yourself, at least I hope not at 22 y.o. Lung function diminishes with age, and even more so in smokers. If a smoker with emphysema stops smoking, the lung function will stabilize, but depending on their age, it will deteriorate as they get older, particularly if there is a lot of air pollution, environmental exposure to other toxins, or a hereditary predisposition to emphysema ...Read more
Yes: the lungs begin to clear themselves almost as soon as you quit, but the process can take many months, and even years. Risks of lung and heart disease return back to baseline after about 10 years following quitting. How well the lungs heal depends on how much damage was done. If someone has severe emphysema, it will not get worse, but might not get much better. Otherwise, healing is pretty good. ...Read more
Immediately: You might want to start gently if you have not worked out in a while. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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