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How to improve lungs after quit smoking suggest any fruits to improve it?

How to improve lungs after quit smoking suggest any fruits to improve it?

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

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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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?

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

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What's a good way to aid in healing your lungs after you quit smoking?

What's a good way to aid in healing your lungs after you quit smoking?

The body: Is a self healing "machine" all you can do is to exercise good lifestyle. That means 1. Good diet, 2. Appropriate exercise, 3. Adequate rest. 4. A passion for what appeals to you either in family, job, or hobby. ...Read more

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Does running help clear lungs when you quit smoking?

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

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What happens to the tar in the lungs when you quit smoking?

What happens to the tar in the lungs when you quit smoking?

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

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How long does it take to get healthy lungs after you quit smoking?

How long does it take to get healthy lungs after you quit smoking?

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

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Blood in saliva. None when I cough. Diagnosed w/ GERD. Did test and lungs are fine. Quit smoking over one year ago.?

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

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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?

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 more

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Is there any treatment to detoxify lungs after quitting smoking?

Is there any treatment to detoxify lungs after quitting smoking?

No: Just remain smoking free and clear from others who make smoke. Start cardiovascular exercise like running and swimming. ...Read more

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Does vaping slow down the healing process of the lungs after quitting smoking?

Does vaping slow down the healing process of the lungs after quitting smoking?

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

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Can lungs function after you quit smoking?

Can lungs function after you quit smoking?

Much better: Your lungs start to heal the day you quit smoking. Your cough will improve or disappear over 4-6 months. Black lungs can turn pink again in 3-5 years. The sooner you quit smoking the greater the benefit. ...Read more

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What is the process your body starts to remove all tar ftom lungs after quitting smoking?

What is the process your body starts to remove all tar ftom lungs after quitting smoking?

Pulmonary: Macrophages digest and eliminate most of the residual tar and chemicals. Mucus cells also produce mucus to carry out the debris for
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Is there a way to rebuild and heal my lungs fast after quitting smoking?

Is there a way to rebuild and heal my lungs fast after quitting smoking?

Natural healing: Takes a long time if there is no permanent damage. The body is a self healing machine. The only thing you can do is attend to a good diet and lifestyle and wait for healing to occur. ...Read more

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I quit smoking, but I'm worried that my lung is still damaged. What can I do?

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 more

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I quit smoking 10 years ago, but was just diagnosed with copd. Will my lungs get worse?

I quit smoking 10 years ago, but was just diagnosed with copd. Will my lungs get worse?

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 more

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If my lungs hurt almost everyday should I go to the hospital or try to quit smoking and see if the pain goes away!?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. What state are my lungs, how it looks any idea?

I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. What state are my lungs, how it looks any idea?

At your age the: Damage is probably minimal, and as long as you don't start again, your lungs will likely make a full recovery. If you quit for ten years, your chances of getting lung cancer are about the same as someone's who never smoked. Your use pattern is light, which makes these predictions even more likely to come true. ...Read more

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I am 38 years old. I have smoked since I was 18 years oldand I quit smoking one day ago. Chantix helped me stop but is it too late for my lungs to heal?

I am 38 years old. I have smoked since I was 18 years oldand I quit smoking one day ago. Chantix helped me stop but is it too late for my lungs to heal?

Not too late!: Congratulations! Our bodies have a remarkable ability to heal. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables (ideally organic) will help speed the healing process. A good multivitamin may help as well. Here is a good timetable of the healing process after one quits: http://whyquit. Com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table. Html. ...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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What do you recommend if I had a nasty smoker's cough going on. If I quit smoking for a month or two, will my lung function improve?

What do you recommend if I had a nasty smoker's cough going on. If I quit smoking for a month or two, will my lung function improve?

It will stabilize: When you quit smoking there will be stabilization of your declining lung function. It will not worsen with an accelerated rate if you did not quit. Often a smokers cough will markedly improve with time away from smoking. ...Read more

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The doctors have always said that my lungs would heal back up once I finally quit smoking and I did. Is what the doctor said not true then?

The fire is out: Now you need to rebuild. Stopping smoking is like putting out a house fire. The house is still burned, and some of it can be rebuilt. That takes months to years depending upon how you measure lung function. Some damage cannot be undone, but it can definitely be worse if you keep smoking. Congrats on accomplishing the single best thing you could to improve your short and long term health. ...Read more

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26 years old. Trying to quit smoking. At my young age, is all damage ive done to heart and lungs completely 100% reversible? Very light smoker

26 years old. Trying to quit smoking. At my young age, is all damage ive done to heart and lungs completely 100% reversible? Very light smoker

Yes: When you quit smoking you will enjoy reversal of all of the consequences of smoking and will find that with more energy and better breathing you will be able to exercise, enjoy a healthy diet, have better thinking and an improved mood overall. After taking this courageous step, you will find having a healthy lifestyle quite easy. Congratulations. ...Read more

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Quit smoking after 26 yrs (1/2 pack a day) never had smokers cough not coughing now... Is this bad? Should I be coughing if my lungs are clearing?

Quit smoking after 26 yrs (1/2 pack a day) never had smokers cough not coughing now... Is this bad? Should I be coughing if my lungs are clearing?

Congratulations: And stop worrying. You did a very good thing. Just as the damage was silent, the modest healing in your large airway structure will also be silent. Your lungs won't "clean themselves" by coughing, though especially if you also start exercising, the pulmonary lymph is likely to carry some of the blackness away. The whole team here is very happy for you. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 4 weeks ago today. Just now starting to feel heaviness in my chest and what feels like phlegm in lungs. Is this normal after 4 weeks?

I quit smoking 4 weeks ago today. Just now starting to feel heaviness in my chest and what feels like phlegm in lungs. Is this normal after 4 weeks?

Yes! Your lung cilia: Is trying to return to normal and 'brush' all that debris out of your lungs into your throat to cough or swallow to get it out of there! It is going to take time to do depending on how serious a smoker you were, or how many packs per day for how many years that you smoked. So, do hydrate and drink liquids to reduce the viscosity of phlegm. Cool mist humidifier & a HEPA air filter may help too. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

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


Dr. Dean Giannone
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Tobacco Cessation (Definition)

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