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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 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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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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I quit smoking for about 3 months now but I still clear/cough and I have brownish and black its thick. Is this something I should worry about or is my lungs doing what they need to do and this is normal?

I quit smoking for about 3 months now but I still clear/cough and I have brownish and black its thick. Is this something I should worry about or is my lungs doing what they need to do and this is normal?

A bit odd, but: If there are no other symptoms, you could give it a bit longer - but those colors do sound strange. Even many active smokers don't have that. An exam would help you not worry unnecessarily and get you a lot of congratulations for quitting. Doctors love to hear that! ...Read more

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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

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Is it common to cough a lot a week after you quit smoking?

Is it common to cough a lot a week after you quit smoking?

Yes: It is your body's way of getting rid of all the gunk the cigarettes have left in your lungs. ...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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Is it normal to cough up blackish phlegm after you quit smoking?

Is it normal to cough up blackish phlegm after you quit smoking?

Congratulations!: Quitting smoking was one of the most important things you can do for your health so I'm very excited for you. How long ago did you stop? If it was recently, your body may still be ridding itself of the many toxins and particles you were inhaling before. If it is lasting for more than a few weeks, please see your specialist in adult care- family medicine or internal medicine. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cough up black phlegm even after you quit smoking?

Is it normal to cough up black phlegm even after you quit smoking?

Even more so: What your lungs are doing are cleaning themselves out. The black stuff is what was down there! Now, your little hair cells and airways have recovered from being smoked on constantly and are working, bringing up the accumulated mucus and assorted crap. It can go on for weeks, and rarely longer. Stick with it and congrats on a great choice! Don't falter, have a support system, stick with it. ...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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Why is my cough phlemy?? I quit smoking months ago and still have this phlem?? What can help

Why is my cough phlemy?? I quit smoking months ago and still have this phlem?? What can help

The first thing I'd: Recommend is to insure that you are drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day. You need to insure that there is enough moisture. ...Read more

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I cough up black phlegm, I quit smoking long ago. I used to sandblast for years using coal slag. Will this go away? Ever

I cough up black phlegm, I quit smoking long ago. I used to sandblast for years using coal slag. Will this go away? Ever

Pulmonary: Chances are it will especially since your are young. However if you have not had a chest xray recently it would be a good idea to get one. ...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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I quit smoking completely im just using an e cig now but after I quit IV e developed a cough is that a good sign that my lungs are clearing?

I quit smoking completely im just using an e cig now but after I quit IV e developed a cough is that a good sign that my lungs are clearing?

Yes!: Congratulations on stopping smoking. Smoking paralyzes cilia, little hair-like structures that clean the bronchial tubes with a sweeping motion. Now they're able to work ; start sweeping out the years of smoke residues that have accumulated in your lungs. The cough will decrease in coming months. See http://whyquit. Com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table. Html
e-cigs hurt lungs too: http://bit. Ly/1ga3dkr. ...Read more

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Dry or while transparent cough since past 6 weeks. Had started when I quit smoking around 7 weeks back. It is normal or something serious. How recover?

Dry or while transparent cough since past 6 weeks. Had started when I quit smoking around 7 weeks back. It is normal or something serious. How recover?

Probably normal: Although it's not common, some people seem to cough more than usual soon after stopping smoking. Tobacco smoking slows the normal movement of microscopic hairs that line your lungs. When you stop smoking, these hairs/cilia become active again. When active, they help clear mucus from your lungs. It should improve on own. Drink lots of water. See doc if persists >2 months. Good wishes:) ...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 quit smoking cigarettes 6 days ago and for the last 4 nights I've been getting a terrible cough/wheeze in the evenings only.

I quit smoking cigarettes 6 days ago and for the last 4 nights I've been getting a terrible cough/wheeze in the evenings only.

Congratulations!: Now that your bodyis not chronically irritated by the smoke and chemicals, the cilia in your lungs are becoming mobile again. Your body is starting to move old mucous and damaged cells out of your lungs. This should resolve soon. If not, seek medical care. Good luck!! ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had a nasty smoker's cough going on. If I quit smoking for a month or two, will my lung function improve?

What do you recommend if I had a nasty smoker's cough going on. If I quit smoking for a month or two, will my lung function improve?

It will stabilize: When you quit smoking there will be stabilization of your declining lung function. It will not worsen with an accelerated rate if you did not quit. Often a smokers cough will markedly improve with time away from smoking. ...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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Just quit smoking 2 days ago and my chest has felt tight and I go though a coughing fit a couple time a day. Is with normal? Cough drops have seems to help the coughing

Just quit smoking 2 days ago and my chest has felt tight and I go though a coughing fit a couple time a day. Is with normal? Cough drops have seems to help the coughing

Yes: Smoking causes the hair cells that line the air passages to stop working, which keeps all the crud that smoking puts there, and all the mucus that the body makes to get rid of it, stuck in the lungs and air passages. When you stop smoking, the hair cells start to work, and all this stuff starts to come up. So cough is common, can last weks, and is a good sign - you are cleaning it out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Little sharp pain in the upper middle back. I quit smoking a week ago. Light cannabis smoker. No cough. I also have anxiety.

Little sharp pain in the upper middle back. I quit smoking a week ago. Light cannabis smoker. No cough. I also have anxiety.

Probably Nothing: I don't want to make too little of this but given what you described, didn't sound like anything more than a muscular or skeletal pain. If it gets worse Or you start getting any shortness of breath, seek immediate medical attention. Otherwise, I expect it will get better soon. Take a hot soak and stretch. ...Read more

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Had a cough for 4 weeks. Chest X-ray clear, not getting better, what could be the problem. No other symptoms, 68 years old, quit smoking 35 years ago?

Had a cough for 4 weeks. Chest X-ray clear, not getting better, what could be the problem. No other symptoms, 68 years old, quit smoking 35 years ago?

4 weeks: Long time. Get checked for asthma and GERD. I would suggest allergy testing, pulmonary function testing and a CT of your chest. Call for a repeat exam. ...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


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