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Lungs Before And After Smoking
Breathing real air: Congratulations on doing the most important thing that smokers can do for their health! you stopped smoking! i do not hear this complaint often. It might be due to an infection that happened after you quit smoking. If you have a fever or productive cough or wheeze, see your doctor. If not, i'd attribute it to your body's need for the nicotine. I'd also think about nicotine replacement to help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How long does it take for ur body to get back to normal after smoking?I know my lungs will never be the same.I been smoking for 6 yrs.
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
Yes: but 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
I was a very heavy smoker. I stopped smoking nearly 10 years ago. Will my lungs have recovered to what they were like before i started smoking?
Smoking: Congrats on sustained cessation of smoking! it is probably one of the most difficult addictions to stop. The amount of "recovery" of lung function depends on several factors, such as number of years of smoking, number of packs per day, amount of emphysema present, other toxins to the lungs (ie. Occupation exposures), and other health issues such as heart disease which is common in smokers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No. Be glad.: Your lungs are self-cleaning. Even the carbon that accumulates in tobacco smokers is often largely gone a few years after smoking cessation. The nonparticulate matter (resin) in smoke is removed via the mucociliary elevator. ...Read more
Immediately: There is no evidence that a single cigarette would do any detectable damage. Even after brief periods of heavy smoking, the lungs will recover (and there are no "ashes" in our lungs) within several weeks to months. Heavy smokers may take years to fully heal, and underlying damage (scarring, emphysema) do not ever heal completely. Most estimate that it takes 10 years after quitting to get normal. ...Read more
More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more
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