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I quit smoking but no cough?

I quit smoking but no cough?

not a problem: Congratulations for quitting — this a great thing you have done for your health. Not sure how much you smoked, or how long, but quitting does help any changes in your upper airway to recover fully. Some smokers have a cough when they stop because the 'cilia' in the windpipe come back to life! If you have no problems after quitting, great! Stay off for good :-). ...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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Is it normal after quit smoking pot to cough up black stuff?

Is it normal after quit smoking pot to cough up black stuff?

Depends: Are you a regular cigarette smoker? If your use of Marijuana was heavy, then your lungs may have some gunk to clean out. If this goes on for more than a week or so, you may need your family doc to evaluate your lungs. ...Read more

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Before 6 weeks I quit smoking and occasionally coughing black or brown phelgm. No chest pain. What it could be and how long cough last?

Before 6 weeks I quit smoking and occasionally coughing black or brown phelgm. No chest pain. What it could be and how long cough last?

Good sign: It is very common coughing after quitting smoking. Some people seem to cough more than usual. The cough is only temporary and might actually be a sign that your body is starting to heal and recover. Speed the process by using humidifier or vaporizer and drink plenty of fluids. Congratulations! ...Read more

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Likelihood of25yrold to have lc?? Quit smoking 2mnths ago, coughed blood less that a quarter tsp, clear xray, lung sound clear. 9 yr history

Likelihood of25yrold to have lc?? Quit smoking 2mnths ago, coughed blood less that a quarter tsp, clear xray, lung sound clear. 9 yr history

Pretty low.: Minor smoking history and relatively young age argues against lung cancer as a cause. Lots of other reasons to have coughed up blood. ...Read more

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Is it true that when you quit smoking you start to cough up a bunch of black phlegm?

Is it true that when you quit smoking you start to cough up a bunch of black phlegm?

See below : Smoking paralyzes the ability to mobilize lung secretions. This will resolve as one stops smoking and may present as increased lung secretions during the first few weeks after stopping. ...Read more

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I quit smoking, developed a bronchitis type cough and coughed up a small amount of bright red blood should just once should i be concerned?

I quit smoking, developed a bronchitis type cough and coughed up a small amount of bright red blood should just once should i be concerned?

Depends: Congratulations on stopping smoking. Although bronchitis can cause bleeding other causes may need to be considered. If you are having persistent cough and bleeding an evaluation by your doctor or at an urgent care is considered. Good luck ...Read more

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What symphoms are normal 3 months after quiting smoking. Still, have dry cough and breathing difficulty?

What symphoms are normal 3 months after quiting smoking. Still, have dry cough and breathing difficulty?

New?: It would be helpful to know if these symptoms were present while you were smoking or if they are new since you quit. Either way, pulmonary function testing would be helpful to see if you have chronic airway inflammation resulting in a diagnosis of copd. You may also have bronchospasm causing these symptoms. See your doctor so these symptoms can be diagnosed and then treated. Congrats on quitting! ...Read more

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How long does cough last after quitting smoking? Quit week ago. Coughing up a lot of brown and clear phlegm

How long does cough last after quitting smoking? Quit week ago. Coughing up a lot of brown and clear phlegm

First of all: Congratulations on quitting! The cough could certainly last a few weeks while your lungs start to clear. If the cough persists for longer and is accompanied by any other symptoms you should see your doctor. Stay healthy! ...Read more

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I quit smoking a year ago and still cough up mucus with black flecks in it. Is this normal?

I quit smoking a year ago and still cough up mucus with black flecks in it. Is this normal?

Black Flecks & Mucus: Coughing up black flecks is not a normal condition. It reminds me of black lung disease that is typically found in coal miners. Florida does not have coal mines, so I would not expect this finding. I would see a physician, get a chest xray and if possible save a sample of the coughed up mucus to be checked out. ...Read more

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I have had a cough for years quit smoking a year ago still have cough and pains under left breast?

I have had a cough for years quit smoking a year ago still have cough and pains under left breast?

Suggest evaluation: Nice job quitting smoking! Having a cough for that long suggests that you should have a physical exam and history with a health professional. Cough may be simply from post-nasal drip, or acid coming up from stomach. But could also be from asthma or other lung problem. Talk to a provider about all the issues, including pain near left breast. ...Read more

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Getting over a cold and recently quit smoking coughing up clear plehm with dark spots what is it?

Getting over a cold and recently quit smoking coughing up clear plehm with dark spots what is it?

Should see doctor: Black spots could just be from the tars in the cigarette smoke, but old blood also looks very dark and can seem black. I would strongly urge yout seeing his doctor asap and being evaluated. If you came to me, I would be at least getting a chest xray, and if there were other suspicions, perhaps a chest ct scan as well. It is likely that it is just your lungs "cleaning" out all the old "crud". ...Read more

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I have anxiety and recently quit smoking and I am now coughing up black stuff is this bad? I'm scared to death please help

I have anxiety and recently quit smoking and I am now coughing up black stuff is this bad? I'm scared to death please help

No: You are getting rid of the bad stuff in your lungs. It is common for smokers who quit to cough up that stuff. Great changes for your lifestyle. Congratulations. :) ...Read more

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If I quit smoking, why am I not coughing up any more phlegm?

If I quit smoking, why am I not coughing up any more phlegm?

Phlegm: First: congratulation on quitting smoking! Now, a decrease in mucus production could be related to the overall improved environment in your lungs now that they don't have to cope with the stress of smoking. None the less, former smokers should pay close attention to their respiratory tracts and report any real changes to their primary doctor in addition to getting routine exams. Good luck! ...Read more

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If I quit smoking, why am i not coughing up any more phlegm?

Recovering: Smoking damages the cilia of the lung lining which clear out the mucous. If they are damaged then coughing clears the mucous. That you are not coughing indicates the cilia have recovered and the lungs are less irritated so that they make less mucous. Congratulations and keep up the good work! ...Read more

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Quit smoking a month+ ago and coughing up green mucus with brown/grey specks a month. Started to turn clear but then one bloody hunk. From quitting?

Quit smoking a month+ ago and coughing up green mucus with brown/grey specks a month. Started to turn clear but then one bloody hunk. From quitting?

See your doctor!!: Blood in sputum should always be evaluated. Depending on your age, there is always concern that blood may represent something serious. It is most frequently just inflammation from smoking, but more serious conditions, particularly cancer (in older individuals with longer smoking histories) must be ruled out. Cough and sputum production may be present for 1-2 months after stopping. Congrats!! ...Read more

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It's been 2 & half months after quitting smoking and still occasionally coughing brown phelgm. What should I do?

It's been 2 & half months after quitting smoking and still occasionally coughing brown phelgm. 
What should I do?

Stay the course : Congratulations on quitting smoking. This is probably the single best thing you could do for your health. It takes up to 9 months for your lungs to heal. So coughing up phlegm is still normal unless you have a fever and are short of breath. Keep up the good work! ...Read more

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It's been 2 months after quitting smoking and still occasionally coughing brown phelgm.is this a dangerous sign or shud I wait till it stop.

It's been 2 months after quitting smoking and still occasionally coughing brown phelgm.is this a dangerous sign or shud I wait till it stop.

Discovering Damage: No. This is normal. This brown garbage you are coughing up is what your lungs have had to live with while you smoked. It is the visible evidence of the damage you did your lungs. Let them clean themselves out and heal. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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