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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 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?

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 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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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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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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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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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


Bad Taste (Definition)

Bad tastes is a symptom in which a person senses a bad taste when he is not eating or drinking bad-tasting foods. A bad taste can come from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) where stomach liquids make their way up to the throat, from some medicines, ...Read more