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Could emphysema and COPD continue to progress after you stop smoking for 40 years?

Could emphysema and COPD continue to progress after you stop smoking for 40 years?

Usually not, but...: Once you stop smoking, the destruction from the smoking stops. But, the decline in lung function does not. Everyone loses lung function with aging. But those who have COPD may lose that function at a faster rate, even if they stop smoking. Does that mean they should continue to smoke? No! ...Read more

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Can I smoke after minor lung collapse?

Can I smoke after minor lung collapse?

Ill advised: Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax include: smoking (including marijuana). Lung inflammation is also hypothesized to be important. Smokers have increased numbers of inflammatory cells. Studies in patients show degree of inflammation correlates with the extent of emphysematouslike changes (elcs). ...Read more

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Could your lungs heal back a year after youo stop smoking?

Could your lungs heal back a year after youo stop smoking?

Yes: the lungs begin to clear themselves almost as soon as you quit, but the process can take many months, and even years. Risks of lung and heart disease return back to baseline after about 10 years following quitting. How well the lungs heal depends on how much damage was done. If someone has severe emphysema, it will not get worse, but might not get much better. Otherwise, healing is pretty good. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to go scuba diving after smoking marijuana?

How long should I wait to go scuba diving after smoking marijuana?

Till it wears off: Since, from what i understand, scuba diving requires you to be aware of your conditions and be careful of things like remaining oxygen, etc, it would seem foolish to dive high, since cannabis interferes with those kind of functions. I would not call the state that normal use anything like 'schizophrenia, ' except in very vulnerable people, but it's not a good one for being deep underwater either! ...Read more

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I don't take any meds for my asthma. I quit smoking 7 days ago but keep wheezing and then start coughing. After how long will this disappear?

I don't take any meds for my asthma. I quit smoking 7 days ago but keep wheezing and then start coughing. After how long will this disappear?

Time to use inhaler: Your asthma is worsened by your smoking, and the chronic coughing, wheezing is your lungs cilia trying to move the particles of mucus, and other debris out of your lungs from what you inhaled by smoking! So, you need to assist the lungs further, before you end up with bronchitis or something else. Call your PCP to assist. You are creating an inflammatory condition otherwise. ...Read more

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Still coughing 2 weeks after sinus infection/bronchitis. Trying to quit smoking. Worried/scared of copd?

Still coughing 2 weeks after sinus infection/bronchitis. Trying to quit smoking. Worried/scared of copd?

Silver linings: Sometimes it takes feeling ill to help people really get serious about quitting. If so, it's doing you a favor. 34 is not too old to have the changes you make be very significant - you should be able to avoid COPD (a good choice!) Worry may not be needed and once it motivates you - send it packing! Two weeks is still w/in normal range for healing, but see your Dr. if it goes on. Get a Star! ...Read more

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I had an endoscopic sinus surgery 2 days ago. I'm addicted to smoking cigaretts. When can I smoke again? At least 1 cigarett. I'm not able to quit it.

I had an endoscopic sinus surgery 2 days ago. I'm addicted to smoking cigaretts. When can I smoke again? At least 1 cigarett. I'm not able to quit it.

Smoking: Hello, while you never find a doctor who encourages smoking, the reality is that smokers smoke. I would recommend giving the nose the longest time to heal without smoke as you possibly can. Rinse out your nose after you smoke asap. Try your hardest to find the strength inside you to stop smoking. ...Read more

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I have VATS removed bullae that caused pneumothorax. When can I fly and will I ever be able to scuba dive again? Thank you

I have VATS removed bullae that caused pneumothorax. When can I fly and will I ever be able to scuba dive again? Thank you

Yes you can: Give some time , adhesions will form between visceral and partial pleura and prevent collapsing , then you can fly , as you no longer have bullae to rupture Speak to your doctor.,. ...Read more

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How soon can I resume exercise after pneumonia?

How soon can I resume exercise after pneumonia?

No fever: It has been shown to be safe to exercise after you are fever free. In fact increasing exercise and activity may shorten te length of the infection. ...Read more

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I was wondering about lung damage brought on by smoking, 10 a day, started at 17, quit at 21. I vigorously exercise now, will lungs completely heal?

I was wondering about lung damage brought on by smoking, 10 a day, started at 17, quit at 21. I vigorously exercise now, will lungs completely heal?

Probably: Any damage done by smoking 10 cigs a day for 4 years is likely to heal completely over time. Congratulations on stopping! see http://whyquit.Com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table.Html for a timetable of how your body heals. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 5 days ago and am dealing with chest tightness. Will this go away with time?

I quit smoking 5 days ago and am dealing with chest tightness. Will this go away with time?

It should!: Congratulations! Try to be patient and confident - this will eventually be a good health move and you'll be glad you succeeded. A suggestion I give patients: W/out the cigarette, do the smoking breath pattern for several minutes at a time up to as often as you smoked. Inhale fully. Hold it. Blow out a full exhale. It's good for you and missing it is partly why quitting's hard. ...Read more

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Can i return to volleyball after suffering a spontaneous pneumothorax ?My pneumothorax happened during sleep, so sport is not a major cause?

Can i return to volleyball after suffering a spontaneous pneumothorax ?My pneumothorax happened during sleep, so sport is not a major cause?

Yes: But be cautious. Any symptom similar to those your experienced during the first pneumothorax, then you should seek emergent medical care. A repeat pneumothorax should prompt a surgical procedure to prevent this problem so that you can resume your normal life and volleyball. ...Read more

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I quit smoking cold turkey, at 15 weeks pregnant i'm now to week 17 I have placenta previa will not smoking help it to move?

I quit smoking cold turkey, at 15 weeks pregnant i'm now  to week 17 I have placenta previa will not smoking help it to move?

Not an OB: Specialist, but i dought it- whatever you do never smoke again, or be near anyone who smokes, particularly near baby. ...Read more

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How long should I wait before driving from sea level to 8000+ft after a pneumothorax? I have had vats pleurodesis before but had small recurrent pnemo

How long should I wait before driving from sea level to 8000+ft after a pneumothorax? I have had vats pleurodesis before but had small recurrent pnemo

Depends: On the remaining size and number of blebs or bullae. If on the cat scan of the thorax none are left and a good abrassive and light talc pleurodesis was done the chances of a recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax is less than 1%. ...Read more

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Had 2nd DVT PE from surgery & T therapy Have lupus anticoagulant On lifetime Xarelto Once clots resolve, can I safely resume scuba diving?

Had 2nd DVT PE from surgery & T therapy Have lupus anticoagulant On lifetime Xarelto Once clots resolve, can I safely resume scuba diving?

Possibly but : you need to discuss this with your physician, your cardiologist, and your pulmonary specialist. Keeping the blood thinners is one thing, the question is, are there any other medical issues that might be responsive to scuba diving ...Read more

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When after i had a trauma induced pneumothorax, before i can start smoking?

When after i had a trauma induced pneumothorax, before i can start smoking?

Never start: You have a great chance to stay stopped and enhance your life and cut your costs! ...Read more

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Could i get pneumothorax[lung collapse] from smoking?

Could i get pneumothorax[lung collapse] from smoking?

Yes: Yes, but not directly. Most spontaneous pneumothoraces are caused by rupture of blebs, which are located on the surface of the lungs. Smoking can make the blebs grow in size over time, which makes them more susceptible to rupture. ...Read more

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I have spontaneous pneumothorax. I smoke e-cigarette while im trying to quit smoking. Is it bad for my health?

Yes and no: Trying to wean from smoking with e-cigarette will not increase the incidence of pneumothorax. It is not the nicotine that's a problem in lungs, it is the tar and all the small particles. On the other hand the side effects of nicotine on blood vessels and bones and are still there. So i hope you will stop smoking completely soon. ...Read more

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I had a spontaneous pneumothorax one month ago. They said to me that it should stop smoking, my question is if besides the cigarette also I have to leave the marijuana.

I had a spontaneous pneumothorax one month ago. They said to me that it should stop smoking, my question is if besides the cigarette also I have to leave the marijuana.

Any action: That induces negative pressure in the chest, a condition that is caused by deep inhalation, would pre-dispose you to develop pneumothorax. So, yes, no one can force you to stop smoking marijuana, but your chances of recurrence is high unless you stop smoking it. ...Read more

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I recently had a collapsed lung caused by a blep and I need someone to explain to me the dangers of smoking weed after something like this. No cigs ?

I recently had a collapsed lung caused by a blep and I need someone to explain to me the dangers of smoking weed after something like this. No cigs ?

The basics: Your lung tissue is designed to deal with air and the occasional air pollutant. Minor intake of smoke particles or dust will be removed gradually by an internal cleaning mechanism. When you smoke anything, the dirty byproducts of that material end up overwhelming the cleanup mechanism & eventually change the lung tissue. Lung cancer is a well known condition, asbestosis, miners black lung, etc. ...Read more

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How can I treat pneumothorax?

Depends on the size: Some pneumothoraces will resolve on their own. Larger pneumothoraces require a tube to be placed in the chest to pre-expand the lung. If someone has multiple pneumothoraces they may need a surgical procedure called a pleurodesis to prevent it from happening again. ...Read more

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How is a pneumothorax diagnosed?

How is a pneumothorax diagnosed?

Exam and X-ray. : Pneumothorax is first and foremost diagnosed clinically based on symptoms (shortness of breath, increased breathing, oxygen requirement) and by listening to the chest (decreased breath sounds). It should be confirmed by chest x-ray. If a small pneumothorax is present, physical exam is less reliable and a chest x-ray should be done. ...Read more

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How does pneumothorax come about?

Air: Pneumothorax occurs when air enters the space between the lung and the chest wall. The air pushes/collapses the lung. It has to be removed with a drainage procedure but small pneumothoraces can resolve on their own with time. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for pneumothorax?

What do you recommend for pneumothorax?

Depends: If small, just observation .. If large and symptoms (shortness of breath or pain), may need catheter or tube to evacuate pneumothorax and reinflate the lung ... ...Read more

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Whats spontaneuous pneumothorax recovery time?

Whats spontaneuous pneumothorax recovery time?

Depends: Depending size, the leak can potentially seal in a few days like a scab formation. Full resolution of "small" pneumothorax, without intervention, generally takes up to 10 days. Lung "healing" takes weeks to months. The recovery from surgery is variable depending on techniques and patient specifics. If someone smokes (tobacco or marijuana), the lung continues to be damaged. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for pneumothorax?

Is there a cure for pneumothorax?

Yes: It may resolve on its own. It may require a catheter or tube to evacuate the air to relieve any shortness of breath. It may need surgery if it recurs to remove blebs (air cysts) at the top of the lung. ...Read more

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How can I treat tension pneumothorax?

Needle Decompression: Tension pneumothorax is one of the few medical emergencies where a life can be saved or lost in a matter of minutes if not recognized early. While diagnosis can be difficult, treatment is a simple, rapid needle decompression of the pleural space by inserting a large bore angiocatheter just above the 3rd rib. With the patient stabilized a larger chest tube is placed until the pneumothorax resolves. ...Read more

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How does pneumothorax happen for no reason?

How does pneumothorax happen for no reason?

Happens for a reason: Adolescents & young adults have "spontaneous" pneumothorax more frequently than other folks. The lung tissue usually has a minor congenital defect called a "bleb, " that bursts leading to a leak of air outside the lung - pneumothorax ensues. These folks are usually tall & lean. Of course, trauma can lead to pneumothorax, as can certain illnesses, particularly, marfan's syndrome. ...Read more

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How debilitating is a tension pneumothorax?

How debilitating is a tension pneumothorax?

Can be deadly: Tension pneumothorax occurs when pressure builds up in one side of the chest and collapses the lung. This is rapidly fatal and is treated as an emergency. Once it is released, a tube is left in the chest for a few days. After it is removed, people usually recover completely. ...Read more

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