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I think my allergies have gotten worse since I quit smoking. Is this normal?

I think my allergies have gotten worse since I quit smoking. Is this normal?

Yes: It is definitely a possibility. Increased coughing in smokers after quitting for the first 3-4 months is very common. It will go away. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quit Smoking (Definition)

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


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I quit smoking 5 months ago! Yay! Are terrible allergies normal after doing this?

I quit smoking 5 months ago! Yay! Are terrible allergies normal after doing this?

Unlikely: Congratulations on quitting smoking! It is not known why people develop allergies, but it has not been linked to stopping smoking.

A lung disease called hypersensitivity pneumonitis can have less acute breathing episodes in smokers, as smoke interferes with lung macrophage function, but these persons can have significant chronic breathing issues.

Don't resume smoking; see an allergist! ...Read more

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Having bad chest pain on both sides of chest it hurts so bad I cry its under my breast I have asthma & just quit smoking (3 yrs) I have bad allergies?

Having bad chest pain on both sides of chest it hurts so bad I cry its under my breast I have asthma & just quit smoking (3 yrs) I have bad allergies?

Maybe but: I would consider other things 1st.& honestly if you are having such severe chest pain, which could be many things that are not serious. First go this am to your dr. To be checked just to be sure. When you call the office tell the secretary exactly what you said above & that you need appointment today. If they say they have "none" today insist on speaking to office manager. If you have no dr go to er. ...Read more

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Since I quit smoking, I feel dazed and unable to concentrate. Is this normal?

Since I quit smoking, I feel dazed and unable to concentrate. Is this normal?

Yes: One of the reasons people smoke tobacco is that it gives them greater focus and attention span. Nicotine withdrawal often produces the opposite - impaired concentration and focus. It will pass. If it is severe and causing your problems in everyday life, the use of nicotine replacement (patches etc.) with gradually decreasing doses will help. Talk to your health care provider. ...Read more

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Dry or while transparent cough since past 6 weeks. Had started when I quit smoking around 7 weeks back. It is normal or something serious. How recover?

Dry or while transparent cough since past 6 weeks. Had started when I quit smoking around 7 weeks back. It is normal or something serious. How recover?

Probably normal: Although it's not common, some people seem to cough more than usual soon after stopping smoking. Tobacco smoking slows the normal movement of microscopic hairs that line your lungs. When you stop smoking, these hairs/cilia become active again. When active, they help clear mucus from your lungs. It should improve on own. Drink lots of water. See doc if persists >2 months. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Is it normal after quit smoking pot to cough up black stuff?

Is it normal after quit smoking pot to cough up black stuff?

Depends: Are you a regular cigarette smoker? If your use of Marijuana was heavy, then your lungs may have some gunk to clean out. If this goes on for more than a week or so, you may need your family doc to evaluate your lungs. ...Read more

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If you quit smoking how long does it take for the oxygen level in your blood to be normal?

If you quit smoking how long does it take for the oxygen level in your blood to be normal?

Unknown: Improvement happens quickly (1 hour) but if smoking has damaged your lungs with emphysema or COPD you may never regain totally normal blood oxygen.This not to say I don't want you to quit-every cig you don't smoke helps you! ...Read more

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I just quit smoking 2 days ago and my lungs hurt is that normal? My lungs hurt on and off theoughout the day

I just quit smoking 2 days ago and my lungs hurt is that normal? My lungs hurt on and off theoughout the day

Yes: Cigarette smoke stops the hair cells lining your bronchial passages from working, and when you stop smoking they begin to work again and move up all the mucus and crud in the mucus that smoking has put there. This can increase cough and production of dark phlegm but is a sign your lungs are starting to heal. It lasts for several weeks, but eventually improves. Congrats on quitting. Stay quit! ...Read more

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I have quit smoking for two weeks now after smoking 2-3 packs per week for 10 yrs. No withdrawl signs. Is this normal?

I have quit smoking for two weeks now after smoking 2-3 packs per week for 10 yrs. No withdrawl signs. Is this normal?

You're normal: Withdrawal from nicotine in tobacco typically takes from 2 to 4 weeks or longer, but varies a lot from person to person. There are physical parts -- dependence to nicotine, but also psychological (i want it now, my brain says), and social too (l want to smoke with friends). It's totally ok you don't have withdrawal. Lucky you! Keep going! Stay tobacco free :-). ...Read more

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Currently sick with bronchitis. Recently quit smoking. Smoked 25 yrs. The bronchitis seems to be pulling a ton o black sputum up. How much is normal?

Currently sick with bronchitis. Recently quit smoking. Smoked 25 yrs. The bronchitis seems to be pulling a ton o black sputum up. How much is normal?

? 25 years worth. In: Medical school gross anatomy lab, some had bodies donated by people who had smoked. Seeing either outer or inner lungs the difference (vs. Non-smokers) was blatantly obvious. Non-smoker lungs (despite no blood&embalming fluid) looked similar to other organ tissues. But not smokers; Their lungs looked like coal from all the microscopic inhaled & retained smoke particles. See: https://goo. Gl/okLMVz. ...Read more

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Last month my cycle was 35 days, normally 28, this is cycle day 15 I have heavy spotting like it is going to start again. I quit smoking 4 weeks ago?

Last month my cycle was 35 days, normally 28, this is cycle day 15 I have heavy spotting like it is going to start again. I quit smoking 4 weeks ago?

Pregnant??: Do a pregnancy test to rule it out; if not pregnant, just monitor for a few cycles. Sometimes cycles can change depending on your stress level and your hormonal changes. ...Read more

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I quit smoking but things are getting worse. What's wrong with me?

I quit smoking but things are getting worse. What's wrong with me?

Nicotine withdrawal: Not sure what you mean "things are getting worse", but if you have fatigue, trouble sleeping, change in appetite or irritable, you're having nicotine withdrawal from stopping tobacco. This is normal, but can be severe for some and last longer than a few days or weeks. Try nicotine gum or lozenge or call 800-quitnow for some coaching through it. If depressed, see a provider. ...Read more

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I'm trying to quit smoking and my girlfriend said her Dr told her vap pens are worse then cigarretts. Is this true?

I'm trying to quit smoking and my girlfriend said her Dr told her vap pens are worse then cigarretts. Is this true?

Vap pens: Although the Vapor pens do not contain the Tar cigarets do there are no industry standards for what chemicals are in the solutions. The potential harm has yet to be determined. ...Read more

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I quit smoking three weeks ago and have been weezing. Is this normal?

I quit smoking three weeks ago and have been weezing. Is this normal?

Congratulations: Great that you have stopped smoking. Don't know why you are wheezing, but if this continues or you have any difficulty breathing, go and see a doctor. ...Read more

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I've just quit smoking and drinking, and I've lost my appetite. Is this normal or is something wrong?

I've just quit smoking and drinking, and I've lost my appetite. Is this normal or is something wrong?

Not unusual: Congratulations on stopping smoking and drinking! Your health will be MUCH better for this. This creates a major shift in your body chemistry. People react differently- some have increased appetite, some decreased, some no change, but this will normalize within a few weeks. OK to not eat much but emphasize nutritious foods like salads, vegetables, wild salmon. Take a quality multivit. With L-5MTHF. ...Read more

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Using patches to quit smoking. Took patch off and It left a red square where the patch was. Very red and hasn't went away. 2 days now. Normal?

Using patches to quit smoking. Took patch off and It left a red square where the patch was. Very red and hasn't went away. 2 days now. Normal?

Allergy to adhesive: You are sensitive to the adhesive. Clean the affected area and apply vitamin E/aloe cream to the area. Take care. ...Read more

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I quit smoking a month ago. I feel like my breathing is actually worse and with more dry coughing. Why might this be? When should I feel better?

Phlegm (mucous): Your lungs are starting to work again and its getting rid of all the stagnant mucous that the lungs couldn't get rid of while you were smoking. Don't use that as an excuse to start smoking again. A month is a long time keep going, you won't regret it. ...Read more

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I am just 21 and addicted to cigarette and have loose facial skin and its getting worse, what should I do as I can't quit smoking?

I am just 21 and addicted to cigarette and have loose facial skin and its getting worse, what should I do as I can't quit smoking?

Quit smoking: Smoking is really a life-threatening condition. You're motivated and concerned this is good. If you say you can't you won't. Do whatever it takes to quit. To start with switch, even occasionally, to electronic cigarettes. Wean yourself down. Then the problem is you're smoking for a reason for an emotional reason. You need to address that distress or anxiety. ...Read more

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I quit smoking almost 3 years but the withdrawals still occur. Often make a medical check up and all clear. Any idea to get back to normal again?

I quit smoking almost 3 years but the withdrawals still occur. Often make a medical check up and all clear. Any idea to get back to normal again?

Congratulations on: Becoming smoke free! The urges you have may be a way of distracting you from the bloating and dizziness you mention. Stay w/doc until they are resolved. Smoking and coffee drinking can be psychological permissions to be "off duty." Try to replace the urges w/a health choice such as chewing sugar free gum, drinking water, or practicing a brief meditation technique - Relaxation Response by Benson ...Read more

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Smoking from 1 year, quit smoking before 3 days but felling pain in trout some time and some time in left side because I have tonsils not normal?

Smoking from 1 year, quit smoking before 3 days but felling pain in trout some time and some time in left side because I have tonsils not normal?

Glad to hear that: You quit smoking. Keep at it. Please see your doc about your throat issue and don't let it become an excuse to start smoking again. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I had laryngitis and now almost 3 weeks later, I am still hoarse. I quit smoking 1 month ago. I'm worried this is something serious. Is this normal?

I had laryngitis and now almost 3 weeks later, I am still hoarse. I quit smoking 1 month ago. I'm worried this is something serious. Is this normal?

Laryngitis: Congrats on quitting smoking. Stay w/your doc until you are feeling better. Do not let this be a conscious or subconscious excuse for you to start smoking again. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Trying to quit smoking, when I manage to for a day or so I feel depressed, gloomy, like I can't function right. I'm just kind of blah. Is that normal?

Trying to quit smoking, when I manage to for a day or so I feel depressed, gloomy, like I can't function right. I'm just kind of blah. Is that normal?

Not uncommon: The reason you feel that way is due to acute nicotine withdrawal. If you can stop for awhile in several days those symptoms will go away. To reduce withdrawal you could use nicotine gum & slowly taper that, or make a blend of tobacco & smoking herbs & gradually reduce the amount of tobacco. A doc could prescribe zyban, (bupropion) an antidepressant that may also help reduce those symptoms. See my comment:. ...Read more

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I quit smoking two months ago, now I feel more tired then usual. Is this normal? I have been exercising and watching intake also. Could this be a factor

I quit smoking two months ago, now I feel more tired then usual. Is this normal? I have been exercising and watching intake also. Could this be a factor

Unlikely but: Nicotine acts as a stimulator type drug which you no longer are using. It may take more time to develop your routines as well as possibly better sleep habits which you did not mention. Also any degree of feeling depressed may present this way. See your doctor and discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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I quit smoking for about 3 months now but I still clear/cough and I have brownish and black its thick. Is this something I should worry about or is my lungs doing what they need to do and this is normal?

I quit smoking for about 3 months now but I still clear/cough and I have brownish and black its thick. Is this something I should worry about or is my lungs doing what they need to do and this is normal?

A bit odd, but: If there are no other symptoms, you could give it a bit longer - but those colors do sound strange. Even many active smokers don't have that. An exam would help you not worry unnecessarily and get you a lot of congratulations for quitting. Doctors love to hear that! ...Read more

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Quit smoking 10.5 months ago. Since then my periods are lighter, shorter, less painful and I no longer pass large clots. Is this normal?

Quit smoking 10.5 months ago. Since then my periods are lighter, shorter, less painful and I no longer pass large clots. Is this normal?

Never? Or Quit?: Anyway, good for you! I've not heard of the benefit to women with menstrual problems, but it's just part of many. I hope you enjoy lots of benefits and that you let other people you know in on them. Again, congratulations. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. Dean Giannone
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Tobacco Cessation (Definition)

Tobacco cessation programs provide support and medical services to those seeking to stop ...Read more