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Doctor insights on: Lungs Before And After Smoking

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Can my lungs recover from smoking?

Can my lungs recover from smoking?

In same part: It all depends. Number of pack years, age, present damage, pulmonary function testing, additional diseases and so on. The lungs certainly do not worsen off smoking. Often there is nice improvement within the first two months. Check with your lung doc. ...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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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

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Is smoking harmful to everyone's lungs?

Is smoking harmful to everyone's lungs?

COPD, cough, cancer: The smoke and hundreds of other constituents that make up cigarettes damage your airways, the lining of your airways, and can destroy the tiny air sacs (alveoli) that help you get oxygen in your body and co2 out. This leads to chronic bronchitis and emphysema (these two diseases are lumped under the category of copd). Finally, smoking greatly increases your risk of lung cancer. ...Read more

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How can I recover my lungs from smoking?

Stop smoking for one: There is no evidence that anything other than time and continuing to be smoke-free is necessary for lungs to heal. Am sure that a healthy diet and exercise will help you feel better sooner. It is quite common for a productive cough to begin after people stop smoking, since the lungs are getting rid of all the junk that has been put in them by smoking. This resolves in several weeks to months. ...Read more

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How does smoking really affect the lungs?

How does smoking really affect the lungs?

Very negatively!: Smoking kills the hair cells (cilia) that sweep mucus from the lungs, deposits tar that turns lungs from pinkish to black, causes inflammation that damages the delicate membranes of the lung causing asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and harms immune cells making the lungs more prone to infection. The chemicals in tobacco damage the genetic material (dna) in your lungs causing cancer. ...Read more

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How can I recover your lungs from smoking?

How can I recover your lungs from smoking?

Stop smoking: If you mean how can you help your lungs recover from smoking. You can't help anybody elses' lungs recover, so am not sure what you mean. When people stop smoking, it may take many months to clear out the "crud" accumulating in the bronchial passages, but they will eventually clear out. Nothing speeds this process, and it won't happen unless you stop or cut down significantly on smoking. ...Read more

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What does hubbly smoking do to your lungs?

What does hubbly smoking do to your lungs?

Being around: Second hand smoke can be harmful to others, especially if someone already has a breathing problem. Today there is talk of third had smoke, i.e., smoke residue getting on items in the home. Please don't get paranoid but ask your husband to smoke outdoors and have him do his own laundry if he won't stop smoking because it will stink. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Will my lungs heal after stopping smoking?

Will my lungs heal after stopping smoking?

It depends: Most of the time after six months or so the lungs basically go back to normal. Emphysema, however, represents permanent damage to the lungs. ...Read more

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What exactly does smoking do to your lungs?

What exactly does smoking do to your lungs?

Destroys cilia: Because smoking destroys cilia, the dirt and pollution stays in your lungs. It can put you at risk for developing, lung infection, lung cancer and COPD. Mark Twain wrote, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world". ...Read more

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Is smoking a pipe considered bad for your lungs?

Is smoking a pipe considered bad for your lungs?

Yes: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more

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Is smoking the only thing that damages my lungs?

Is smoking the only thing that damages my lungs?

No: Anything which can cause persistent irritation, or infection can eventually lead to scarring and reduced lung function. Smoking is far away the most common cause of COPD and reduced lung function. I don't know what is even a close second? Asthma? .. ...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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What amount has smoking damaged my lungs or body?

What amount has smoking damaged my lungs or body?

See your doctor: I cannot tell from your typing whether there is damage or not, and can't imagine how you would think someone could. People vary greatly in how much they smoke, the nicotine/tar content in what they are smoking, and how long they have smoked. They also have different genetic sensitivities to what kind and how much damage smoking does to lungs, mouth, throat, heart and blood vessels. ...Read more

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What could smoking do to the lungs on a micro level?

What could smoking do to the lungs on a micro level?

Many kinds of damage: The cells lining the respiratory tract have tiny little hairs (cilia) that beat and cause mucus to be constantly removed, and smoking stops these hairs from beating, causing mucus to accumulate, together with the tar and particles in the smoke. Cells start developing growth changes called metaplasia, becoming abnormal, which can ultimately lead to neoplasia or cancer. ...Read more

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Wondering why would smoking less cause lungs to hurt?

Wondering why would smoking less cause lungs to hurt?

When we stop smoking: Our lungs are finally able to start cleaning themselves of all the crap we put down there for years. This can result in the development of a severe cough in many people, and coughing can cause pain. However, this is actually a good sign and means that you are starting to heal, and it generally will get better after a few weeks. Try to quit completely and do your lungs/heart a big favor. ...Read more

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Please tell my husband what smoking does to your lungs?

Mutual support helps: Nicotine addiction is unlikely to be cured by threatening your husband with lung disease. You might consider attending a meeting of codependents anonymous or an open meeting of nicotine anonymous to begin a program of recovery for yourself which your husband might then join you in. ...Read more

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Can smoking mushrooms cause them grow inside your lungs?

Can smoking mushrooms cause them grow inside your lungs?

No: Were you smoking them when u asked ?But the underlying question really is: why smoke 'shrooms? Why eat 'shrooms? These are potent hallucinogenic substances.They're dangerous. They're not worth the high cost of the high. Many times amateur mycologists pick the wrong mushroom & you ingest/smoke a very poisonous substance & could easily die from the exposure. Is the risk of dying part of the high? ...Read more

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How long should your lungs take to recover from smoking?

How long should your lungs take to recover from smoking?

Some quick some slow: Many of the benefits of quitting smoking can be felt in the first my understanding is that it takes about 7 years for all the cells in the lungs to be replaced with new ones. You should consult your doctor to assess any specific concerns or symptoms and follow any diagnostic recommendations offered (tests etc). ...Read more