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Recently quit smoking and wondering why I have a metal taste in my mouth?

Amalgams: You should see your dentist, sometimes amalgam fillings when breaking apart give a metallic taste. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quit Smoking (Definition)

Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more


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I quit smoking 20 days ago, and I have the grossest taste in my mouth. Is this normal?

I quit smoking 20 days ago, and I have the grossest taste in my mouth. Is this normal?

Yes: For quitting smoking. It may last a long time and tempt you to start again-----------please don't! ...Read more

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I have had a horrible taste in my mouth for three months. It tastes like hairspray. What could this be? I quit smoking around this time.

I have had a horrible taste in my mouth for three months. It tastes like hairspray. What could this be? I quit smoking around this time.

Surprisingly (to me): This hairspray taste in the mouth has been reported by others...usually associated with pregnancy! Other reported causes are hormonal medications (birth control pills), certain antibiotics, some vitamins, very dry mouth, bleeding gums. Anxiety with dry mouth can also contribute. I'm not sure how quitting smoking might be related. Drink lots of water. Ask dentist/doctor next time you're in ...Read more

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I quit smoking cold turkey 6 days ago and my mouth looks fleshy or something. Is this okay, normal?

I quit smoking cold turkey 6 days ago and my mouth looks fleshy or something. Is this okay, normal?

Probably OK: Nice job stopping smoking! This can be hard for people to do. It's not clear what 'fleshy mouth' means without seeing you, but if it is not associated with facial swelling, trouble swallowing or breathing, or having any kind of allergy symptoms, it's likely that everything is fine. Now that you're getting healthier - make sure you get enough sleep, eat right and get enough exercise and water. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 2.5 months back. I still feel sensation of salty discharge in my mouth in the mornings. Why it is so?

I quit smoking 2.5 months back. I still feel sensation of salty discharge in my mouth in the mornings. Why it is so?

Discharge: It will take at least 6-9 months for your mouth to purge from the effects of long term smoking. Be patient and glad that you quit. ...Read more

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Started realizing I have very dry mouth 2 weeks ago started hydrating, use products n quit smoking. Dry mouth seems better but lips still sticky. Why?

Started realizing I have very dry mouth 2 weeks ago started hydrating, use products n quit smoking. Dry mouth seems better but lips still sticky. Why?

Sticky lips?: Perhaps the "products" you are using for your lips are creating the "sticky" feeling? What are you using? Any better answer would require a personal examination. See a physician or dermatologist. ...Read more

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I've recently had dry mouth in the am. Currently I have quit smoking. With that I have tiny non painful bumps on tip of tongue?

I've recently had dry mouth in the am. Currently I have quit smoking. With that I have tiny non painful bumps on tip of tongue?

Suspicious bumps?: Any suspicious bumps on the tongue that does not resolve itself in 2-3 weeks, should be evaluated. See your doctor or dentist for eval. ...Read more

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I quit smoking cigarettes 26 days ago will I pass a nicotine test in urine and swabbing of my mouth?

I quit smoking cigarettes 26 days ago will I pass a nicotine test in urine and swabbing of my mouth?

No nicotine: If you did not take any nicotine, either by smoking, chewing, gum or patches, you should pass the test.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Black pigmentation inside mouth cheek region, smoking 2 years a pack, now constipation, bloating, rumbling sound from stomach, quit smoking 1 month ago, ner?

Black pigmentation inside mouth cheek region, smoking 2 years a pack, now constipation, bloating, rumbling sound from stomach, quit smoking 1 month ago, ner?

Acanthosis nigricans: Congratulations on quitting smoking!
Black pigmentation inside the cheek must be biopsied.
? Acanthosis nogricans- hard to diagnose without all the data.Nicotine disrupts the gastro-intestinal tract.
Take yogurt daily & avoid all other dairy. ...Read more

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I quit smoking cigarettes today and I have a cotine test on Friday. I'm not sure if it's urine or saliva. Do you think I will pass?

I quit smoking cigarettes today and I have a cotine test on Friday. I'm not sure if it's urine or saliva. Do you think I will pass?

Cotinine testing: Cotinine testing is usually done on blood but can also be done on urine and saliva. The level of cotinine depends on the amount of nicotine consumed, and the rate metabolised (this varies from person to person). It can take more than 2 weeks after stopping smoking for blood levels to drop to normal and several weeks more for urine levels to drop. ...Read more

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I am waking up in the night with a very cold feeling along with tingling in my head. Thought I was cold, warming up doesn't stop it. Recent changes: quit smoking and Celebrex (celecoxib). Only occurs at night.

I am waking up in the night with a very cold feeling along with tingling in my head. Thought I was cold, warming up doesn't stop it. Recent changes: quit smoking and Celebrex (celecoxib). Only occurs at night.

Difficult to tell: It is difficult to assess your symptoms over the internet. Certainly, recently quitting smoking may predispose you to having headaches/tingling at night but see your physician for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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How to lose fat from my head & full body? How to overcome from sinusitis? How to quit smoking?

How to lose fat from my head & full body? How to overcome from sinusitis? How to quit smoking?

Three questions in: One, and all requiring some expertise in physical matters. So, start with your GP, then a dietician, then a behavioral specialist. (I personally had sinus infections for years from allergies. Then I discovered a Sinus Rinse product which is stronger than the Netti Pot, and use it every day. No more sinus problems. It's OTC but check with your doc first.) ...Read more

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I have quit smoking for 15 days I have a saliva cotinine test in 2 weeks will I pass the test?

I have quit smoking for 15 days I have a saliva cotinine test in 2 weeks will I pass the test?

Almost certainly: It's more important that you've stopped smoking. This is a wonderful gift that you've given yourself and those who love you. ...Read more

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I have been smoking from last two years and now I really want to quit it because now there are tiny grey patches that have appeared on my lower lip. And I am seriously concerned about it. I am having hard time to quit smoking all of a sudden so now I a

I have been smoking from last two years and now I really want to quit it because now there are tiny grey patches that have appeared on my lower lip. And I am seriously concerned about it. I am having hard time to quit smoking all of a sudden so now I a

Everyone is: Different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Peace and good health. See doc to examine your lips. ...Read more

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Was wondering if I quit smoking weed now will my teeth and lungs heal?

Was wondering if I quit smoking weed now will my teeth and lungs heal?

Cannabis: I don't know what your lung condition is. Tobacco is a respiratory irritant - so stopping it's use is a step in the right direction. Regarding your teeth- that really will depend on what condition they are in. ...Read more

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Smoking from 1 year, quit smoking before 3 days but felling pain in trout some time and some time in left side because I have tonsils not normal?

Smoking from 1 year, quit smoking before 3 days but felling pain in trout some time and some time in left side because I have tonsils not normal?

Glad to hear that: You quit smoking. Keep at it. Please see your doc about your throat issue and don't let it become an excuse to start smoking again. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I quit smoking cigarettes 6 months ago and like 6 weeks ago I started smoking cigars now for the last 2 weeks I have had a sharp pain in my head only when I cough it doesn't always happen but at least 80% any ideas?

I quit smoking cigarettes 6 months ago and like 6 weeks ago I started smoking cigars now for the last 2 weeks I have had a sharp pain in my head only when I cough it doesn't always happen but at least 80% any ideas?

Stop smoking: Congratulations on stopping smoking cigarettes. Unfortunately, smoking cigars has the same hazards as smoking cigarettes- see http://www. Quitsmokingsupport. Com/cigars. Htm. I strongly urge you to stop smoking cigars. The pain in your head when you cough suggests inflammation. If you don't cough you won't have pain & stopping smoking should reduce coughing, if the cough & pain persists see a doctor. ...Read more

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Black specks in sputum. I quit smoking recently I am 22 years of age. I spit brownish speck after a meal after a workout what can this be?

Black specks in sputum. I quit smoking recently I am 22 years of age. I spit brownish speck after a meal after a workout what can this be?

Soot: It is normal after quitting smoking to expectorate colored sputum as your lungs detoxify. Keep well hydrated to improve continue removal of toxins from lungs. ...Read more

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I don't smoke all the time but if I quit smoking weed period will my teeth and lungs get better?

I don't smoke all the time but if I quit smoking weed period will my teeth and lungs get better?

YES: Any kinds of smoking is hard on the body, including gums, which support teeth. It is great that you are planning to quit. Time to get outside, and enjoy fresh, clean winter air! Congratulations on thinking about quitting. A great first step toward wellness. ...Read more

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Blood in saliva. None when I cough. Diagnosed w/ GERD. Did test and lungs are fine. Quit smoking over one year ago.?

Blood in saliva. None when I cough. Diagnosed w/ GERD. Did test and lungs are fine. Quit smoking over one year ago.?

Several thoughts: If a person has blood in saliva, but non on coughing, it suggests the blood is either coming from the gastrointestinal tract or the sinuses and nasopharyngeal area. Possibilities include bleeding gums, nose bleed, tumors in the sinuses /nasopharyngeal area.

Reflux esophagitis or other lesions in the esophagus or stomach can cause blood in saliva. If it persists see
ENT Dr first, If ok> GI Dr next ...Read more

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Blood in saliva. Chest pain comes and goes. Quit smoking 4 years ago. No obvious cause. Have GERD. Could it be something else? Worried about cancer.

Blood in saliva. Chest pain comes and goes. Quit smoking 4 years ago. No obvious cause. Have GERD. Could it be something else? Worried about cancer.

Blood in saliva: Indicates a need to see your doc. It could be a variety of things. Your doc will check you out and you will have peace of mind. DGL is a natural product you can use to help w/GERD. Peace and good health ...Read more

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I quit smoking 6 months ago with the use of nicorette (nicotine gum). I've been off the nicorette (nicotine gum) for 3 wks. Why does my tongue burn and my teeth are very sensitive?

I quit smoking 6 months ago with the use of nicorette (nicotine gum). I've been off the nicorette (nicotine gum) for 3 wks. Why does my tongue burn and my teeth are very sensitive?

Don't know: Not enough information to answer your question but I can tell you with certainty that you should not blame the symptoms on smoking cessation and are encouraged to continue that very good effort to get off of those things. By the way, I believe you stopped smoking because you wanted to not because of nicorette (nicotine gum). ...Read more

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Quit smoking & cut caffeine 2 weeks ago. Have been fatigued, insomnia and mild night sweats (damp around head, neck, chest). Related to abandoned vices?

Quit smoking & cut caffeine 2 weeks ago. Have been fatigued, insomnia and mild night sweats (damp around head, neck, chest). Related to abandoned vices?

Withdraw - tobacco: Stopping smoking involves a process of withdrawing. Focus on things outside yourself. Use gum or mints to replace the oral part of your habit. B complex can be used to boost your nutritional needs. Congratulations! You are on your way to a safer and healthier life for you and your loved ones. Check w/your doc to be sure this is what it is. ...Read more

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I have genital HPV. I quit smoking 2 weeks ago. I have a small high-raised white bump on the middle of my tongue, and large flat red ones on the back?

I have genital HPV. I quit smoking 2 weeks ago. I have a small high-raised white bump on the middle of my tongue, and large flat red ones on the back?

Prob not oral HPV: The tongue normally has various bumps, papillae, etc. "Large flat red ones on the back" likely are normal circumvallate papillae, present in everyone. (Google it, see photos.) Hard to say about the other, but oral warts are rare, so it's probably something else. If you're sure it's new or abnormal, see your doctor or dentist. But it probably has nothing to do with your genital HPV infection. ...Read more

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Chronic stones cryptic tonsils 40yr obese female quit smoking less than one year mild hypertension Too high risk for tonsillectomy and laryngoscopy?

Chronic stones cryptic tonsils 40yr obese female quit smoking less than one year mild hypertension Too high risk for tonsillectomy and laryngoscopy?

More info would help: Definitely not too risky. Would need to know your other health problems, if any. If there's any concern, you could always get preoperatively clearance from your PCP or a clinic that specializes in clearance. ...Read more

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28 yrs old quit smoking 8 months ago and teeth decayed what is the chance of oral, throat and lung cancer? I'm nervous

28 yrs old quit smoking 8 months ago and teeth decayed what is the chance of oral, throat and lung cancer? I'm nervous

Hard to say: As many factors going into determine a persons risk, including how much and how long you smoke, if you drink alcohol (a risk for oral/throat cancers) and family history as a start. But remember, congrats on the stopping smoking and keep with it. Remember to keep up regular dental and medical follow up, so you can't be monitored for any issues. Otherwise live as healthy as you can! ...Read more

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Are hoarseness and a sore throat off and on and a bad taste in my mouth withdraw symptoms from quitting smoking?

Are hoarseness and a sore throat off and on and a bad taste in my mouth withdraw symptoms from quitting smoking?

Congrats on quitting: Withdrawal symptoms are actually signs that your body is healing. Most of these symptoms peak approximately 3-5 days after quitting, and then begin to taper off. Be patient and good luck! ...Read more

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6 mo. Right ear feel blocked, right neck feel swollen when turning head, phlegm in throat. Quit smoking dec 9th. Ent may 22. Any ideas?

6 mo. Right ear feel blocked, right neck feel swollen when turning head, phlegm in throat. Quit smoking dec 9th. Ent may 22. Any ideas?

Concerned: I always get concerned when someone mentions ear and throat symptoms on the same side as this may be indication of inflammation, ulcer, or tumor of throat. It is good that you have an appointment to see ENT in a couple weeks. Hope it is nothing serious. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm from Russian. My English is bad. I'm smoking. I want to quit smoking. Help me.

Hello. I'm from Russian. My English is bad. I'm smoking. I want to quit smoking. Help me.

To Quit Smoking: I admire you for your willingness to quit smoking.
You have good written English.
Feel good about your decision
Speak out loud
My physical health is PRECIOUS!
“I do not want Bronchitis, Emphysema or Lung cancer
I do not want heart disease, high Blood pressure or Stroke
I do not want cancer of mouth, throat, Esophagus.
Use Relaxation music, Visual Imagery, Yoga, Meditation Exercise
See a Physician ...Read more

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Quit smoking jan3 2014. now I have major anziety problems and bad joint pain.

Quit smoking jan3 2014. now I have major anziety problems and bad joint pain.

Not related: The joint pain is not related to smoking cessation, but the anxiety may be. Do not give in to the temptation to resume smoking. See your Dr to discuss anxiety issues, and diagnostics for the joint pain ...Read more

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Wife is trying to quit smoking with e-cigarettes. In theory she could wean off to no nicotine, but are they as bad or even worse than tobacco?

Wife is trying to quit smoking with e-cigarettes. In theory she could wean off to no nicotine, but are they as bad or even worse than tobacco?

We don't know.: E-cigarettes are not recommended as a quitting aid. They are not regulated, we don't know much about the levels of nicotine and other chemicals, and there is no research that shows that they help smokers quit. More info found at http://smokefree. Gov/e-cigarettes
the best ways to quit are to use coaching and approved treatments such as nicotine patch, gum or lozenge or prescription medications. ...Read more

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Quit smoking after 26 yrs (1/2 pack a day) never had smokers cough not coughing now... Is this bad? Should I be coughing if my lungs are clearing?

Quit smoking after 26 yrs (1/2 pack a day) never had smokers cough not coughing now... Is this bad? Should I be coughing if my lungs are clearing?

Congratulations: And stop worrying. You did a very good thing. Just as the damage was silent, the modest healing in your large airway structure will also be silent. Your lungs won't "clean themselves" by coughing, though especially if you also start exercising, the pulmonary lymph is likely to carry some of the blackness away. The whole team here is very happy for you. ...Read more

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Hii I quit smoking several months ago but in the last week or so I noticed my breathing is quite bad and I cant seem to get a full intake of breath. I have to yawn or lie down to get a full intake. What could this be?

Hii I quit smoking several months ago but in the last week or so I noticed my breathing is quite bad and I cant seem to get a full intake of breath. I have to yawn or lie down to get a full intake. What could this be?

Smoking calmed you: You are making a connection between quitting smoking & having trouble breathing. But physically, quitting improves lung function over time. However, people use smoking as a time out, a way to self-soothe, a response to stress and many other emotional needs. Perhaps the shallow breathing is caused by the underlying anxiety you use to manage with smoking. If so, you may need another stress reliever! ...Read more

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Can drinking 5 to 6 cups of tea a day be bad on my health I am 21. I just quit smoking jan 13. Was a pack a day smoker since I was 17. This is my first time doing it cold turkey. I am feeling very confident about it this time. I have quit coffee too. But

Can drinking 5 to 6 cups of tea a day be bad on my health I am 21. I just quit smoking jan 13. Was a pack a day smoker since I was 17. This is my first time doing it cold turkey. I am feeling very confident about it this time. I have quit coffee too. But

Congratulations: Congratulations on quitting smoking! That's probably the single best thing you can do to make a positive impact on your health. The first couple weeks can be tough, so hang in there!

as far as the tea goes, as long as your 5-6 cups a day are about 8 oz a piece, there should not be any problems. The main issue with tea is that it contains caffeine and other compounds that can act as diuretics making you urinate more and can be dehydrating. Uncaffeinated and decaffeinated teas cause less of a problem. Tea also contains half the caffeine as coffee so by quitting coffee you are consuming less caffeine which helps.

If drinking your tea helps to keep you from smoking, then by all means, drink your tea! Tea drinking is much much healthier than smoking. ...Read more

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Have been taking melatonin to help me sleep since I've quit smoking. Been taking 6 mg of melatonin a night for 23 nights but heard that's really bad. Am I able to just stop and minimize the side effects? I have noticed mood changes like crazy (super excit

Have been taking melatonin to help me sleep since I've quit smoking. Been taking 6 mg of melatonin a night for 23 nights but heard that's really bad. Am I able to just stop and minimize the side effects? I have noticed mood changes like crazy (super excit

Some people have: Paradoxical (opposite than expected) effects from Melatonin, including agitation, nightmares and, yes, sleeplessness--the very thing you take it for... (How are you quitting smoking? I wonder if your treatment for that has anything to do with your sx's?) Stopping is OK. Try other OTC sleep aids--Valerian Root, Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) herbal teas, etc.

http://insomniactive. Com/safe-melatonin-dosage/ ...Read more

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Can drinking 5 to 6 cups of tea be bad for my health I am 21. Quit smoking jan 13. Pack a day smoker since I was 17. This is my first time quitting cold turkey. Feel confident about things this time. Quit coffee too. But picked up this habit of drinking t

Can drinking 5 to 6 cups of tea be bad for my health I am 21. Quit smoking jan 13. Pack a day smoker since I was 17. This is my first time quitting cold turkey. Feel confident about things this time. Quit coffee too. But picked up this habit of drinking t

Congratulations: Congratulations on quitting smoking! That's probably the single best thing you can do to make a positive impact on your health.

As far as the tea goes, as long as your 5-6 cups a day are about 8 oz a piece, there shouldn't be any problems. The main issue with tea is that it contains caffeine and other compounds that can act as diuretics making you urinate more and can be dehydrating. Uncaffeinated and decaffeinated teas cause less of a problem. Tea also contains half the caffeine as coffee so by quitting coffee you are consuming less caffeine which helps. The other issue many people have with tea is that they add tons of sugar as a sweetener and end up drinking hundreds more calories a day leading to weight gain. This does not appear to be an issue for you which is good.

If drinking your tea helps to keep you from smoking, then by all means, drink your tea! ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Dr. Dean Giannone
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Tobacco Cessation (Definition)

Tobacco cessation programs provide support and medical services to those seeking to stop ...Read more