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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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