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Doctor insights on: Lung Repair After Smoking

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How much time will it take for lungs to repair after smoking?

How much time will it take for lungs to repair after smoking?

Depends on how long: and it depends on how much damage is already done. If there is chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema (COPD), smoking cessation will allow a little bit of healing but, more importantly, NOT DOING MORE DAMAGE. If it is milder, complete healing may occur. It takes years for things to get back to normal. The black coloring in lungs (anthracosis) will not change, but doesn't effect function. ...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


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What should I do to repair my lungs from smoking?

What should I do to repair my lungs from smoking?

Continue not smoking: You definitely will want to stay abstinent from cigarettes, each exposure could catalyze inflammatory and remodeling at the tissue level that could lend itself to the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or chronic bronchitis of a worse severity. Staying physically active within a reasonable extent is not going to hurt either, and a sensible diet is important. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Quitting smoking, will my lungs repair themselves over time?

No Butts : Yes, depending on the amount and length exposure (pack years = packs of cigarettes smoked daily divided by the amount of years smoked). Research has shown that lungs of x-smokers are indistinguishable from those of non-smokers 10-15 years after one has quit smoking. The body has the tendency to heal itself. ...Read more

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I recently quit smoking and I have already notice an improvement. How long does it take lungs to repair?

Depends: On how long and how heavy you were smoking, as well as individual susceptibility to damage, which varies considerably. Some people smoke heavily and do relatively little damage, others smoke much less and get a great deal of damage. In general, the lungs clean themselves out in 3 months or so. ...Read more

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After quitting smoking, are there vitamins to aid in lung repair?

After quitting smoking, are there vitamins to aid in lung repair?

Congratulations!!: Now that you have taken your first steps on the road to a healthier life, your lungs will naturally heal themselves. The best ways you can help them to do this are to continue to not smoke, to eat a good and balanced diet, to sleep well, and to begin an exercise program. The more you do for your overall health, the better able to heal your lungs will be. There are no magic pills. ...Read more

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Is there alternative medicine to repair lung damage from smoking?

Is there alternative medicine to repair lung damage from smoking?

Unlikely: Cigarette smoking can cause lung damage from day 1. Stopping today, however, can help to reverse damage caused by smoking; and after 6 months of no smoking, studies have shown that your heart-attack risk can revert to that of a non-smoker! ...Read more

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Does smoking always affect your lungs?

Does smoking always affect your lungs?

To some extent yes: but not everyone does significant or permanent damage to their lungs. There are genetic differences in the production of certain enzymes that protect the lungs from proteolytic proteins that are increased by smoking and air pollution, where some people get lots of damage with exposure, and other people get much less, or even sometimes none. Most people get some damage somewhere- heart, cancer etc ...Read more