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Lung Quit Smoking
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
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
Have chest pain, but not sure whether it is heart or lung related. Quit smoking about a week ago, and pain started AFTER it. Worried about heart attac?
Congrats on becoming: smoke free! Keep at it and don't let these symptoms get you to rationalize a reason to start again. Please see your doc to rule out physical issues. Peace and good health. ...Read more
My mum has a small nodule on the bottom of her right lung.she quit smoking 17 years ago.she had whooping cough when she was 45.any idea please worried?
Lung nodule: This could be many many things so more information may help but probably should sit down with her doctor to get more information ...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
Largely lost: Some tar is tattooed onto the lungs and fades very slowly, as do skin tattoos. It's basically harmless in this form. Unlike what you've been told, most of the tar is coughed up in the few days after you inhale it, and you swallow it. The really deadly things in smoke are the small molecules that bring in lung-damaging cells and mutate genes to precancer. ...Read more
Many benefits ...: Benefits to giving up smoking: within 20 mins, blood pressure and heart rate decrease; within 12 hrs, carbon monoxide blood levels normalize; within 48 hrs, the sense of smell and taste start recovering; within 3 mos, circulation and lung function improve; within 9 mos, there is less coughing and shortness of breath; within 1 yr, the risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half. Need i say more? ...Read more
Blood in saliva. None when I cough. Diagnosed w/ GERD. Did test and lungs are fine. Quit smoking over one year ago. ?
Several thoughts: If a person has blood in saliva, but non on coughing, it suggests the blood is either coming from the gastrointestinal tract or the sinuses and nasopharyngeal area. Possibilities include bleeding gums, nose bleed, tumors in the sinuses /nasopharyngeal area. Reflux esophagitis or other lesions in the esophagus or stomach can cause blood in saliva. If it persists see ENT Dr first,If ok> GI Dr next ...Read more
Scared I have lung cancer. I quit smoking after 4 years, having shortness of breath & back pain doctor not worried after a clear chest X-ray. Chances?
Rest assured: It is good you quit. It is good your results satisfied your doctor. There are other causes of shortness of breath and back pain including GAD, which you have. Take this opportunity to try some CBT therapy. It will teach skills in mgmt of anxiety and build confidence in your good choices. It is not atall likely that you have lung cancer or that you will. Think about it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES: The most likely answer truly is yes as anything that is inhaled will be an irritant to the lungs. With vaping it is unclear as to what the chemicals are in the vaping materiel. Do your lungs a favor and give them a break and do not vape or smoke. ...Read more
Pulmonary testing: If you are concerned about the health of your lungs i advise getting pulmonary function tests. These tests can measure to see 1) how old your lungs are and 2) if they sustained any damage from smoking. Congratulations by the way; the average yearly lung loss for a smoker is between 2-3 tablespoons of lung functino whereas non smokers only loose 1 tablespoon of function per year! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease that has no cure. So, over time, your condition will slowly get worse. There are treatments that will control symptoms, however, so see your doctor. Smoking cessation is important to slow disease progression so congrats on quitting! follow your doctor's treatment plan to control your symptoms! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If my lungs hurt almost everyday should I go to the hospital or try to quit smoking and see if the pain goes away!?
Stop smoke, see doc: You probably know that smoking is harmful to your health, and stopping can be one of the best things to improve your health -- a present to yourself! a number of lung problems can happen from smoking - asthma, inflammation of the lung lining (pleura), as well as narrowing of arteries in the heart and blood clots. You should try to stop, and also have a doc check out your pains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have recently been diagnosed with COPD and I still smoke. Is it too late to quit smoking now that my lungs are already damaged?
I quit smoking completely im just using an e cig now but after i quit IV e developed a cough is that a good sign that my lungs are clearing?
Yes!: Congratulations on stopping smoking. Smoking paralyzes cilia, little hair-like structures that clean the bronchial tubes with a sweeping motion.Now they're able to work ; start sweeping out the years of smoke residues that have accumulated in your lungs.The cough will decrease in coming months. See http://whyquit.Com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table.Html e-cigs hurt lungs too: http://bit.Ly/1ga3dkr. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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