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Smokeless Tobacco Stomach Bloating
Stopping Addiction: One way to stop an addition like tobacco use is cold turkey. Throw the stuff away and walk. It take a strong conviction to stop this way. Another way is gradual with medical help to wean you off the tobacco addiction. The last form is being forced by circumstances, like oral cancer, to stop using tobacco. Not fun. All bad habits must be replaced by good habits in order to prevent going back.
Cancer and others: Chewing tobacco, snuff etc. Produce high levels of the organic compounds ("tars") that are associated with cancer of the head/neck. In addition, you absorb nicotine and the cardiovascular complications of that, while not as bad as smoking, are still bad - an increase in heart attack and stroke. You are also just as dependent on nicotine as smokers. Bad breath, stained teeth, the spitting - all bad
To some extent: In that they are not breathed into the lungs and thus are not a cause of lung cancer, or several of the other cancers where systemic effects of smoked tobacco occur. They are also not associated with chronic bronchitis or emphysema. However, they ARE highly associated with nicotine dependency, mouth and throat cancer, gum disease and dental problems.
Very high: Tobacco juice and smoke contains carcinogens that cause normal cells to change into cancer cells. There is a significant link between cancer of the lip, mouth, tongue and throat with the use of smokeless tobacco products. This link between smokeless tobacco and oral cancer is beyond question.See 2 more doctor answers
Problem: With or without smokless tobacco - it is dangerous. Tongue barbells can chip or fracture front teeth. Gums can be damaged by the rubbing of barbells requiring periodontal surgery. An unscrewed barbell may be aspirated into the lungs. Infections can be quite severe & eventually lead to disfigurement. There can be significant blood loss & permanent neuralgia (pain).See 1 more doctor answer
Good if stops use: If this tongue piercing opportunity leads to your husband stopping tobacco use, then this will become a very good thing. If he continues to use tobacco, risk of cancer is high even without tongue piercing. Take advantage of this opportunity to stop tobacco use, or live to regret it.
I have bumps on back of tounge, bad breath and tounge is yellow. I used to use smokeless tobacco. What do I have?
Seek some help: You don't say how long ago you gave up smokeless tobacco but if it is sort of recent...It'll take some time for the effects of that to go away. But if it has been, say a month or longer, go see a dentist or oral surgeon. You may need a biopsy or at least a good look to get an answer.See 1 more doctor answer
When I asked about the heart palpitations, I should add that I use smokeless tobacco, can this cause them? I'm working on quitting.
Palpitations: Yes, stimulants can cause palpitations, and nicotine is a powerful stimulant. Cigarettes, cigars, dip, chew or any tobacco product has a significant amount of nicotine. However, palpitations can also result from underlying heart problems or metabolic problems, so don't assume it's the nicotine until you have a medical evaluation.See 1 more doctor answer
29y/o male with LDH 229 iu/l, HDL Cholesterol 34 mg/dl, LDL Cholesterol calc 110mg/dl. Are these levels to be concerned with? Smokeless tobacco user
A bit: B"sd ldh -? lactate dehydrogenase enzyme level- is a non-specific test that comes from liver and muscle -? liver enzymes, ? hx heavy exercise and possibly repeat in a few weeks. LDL a bit high and HDL a bit low - especially if family coronary artery disease most would recommend redoubled lifestyle measures and repeat in some months. Anthropometric risk at http://ce180c.engr. Ccny. Cuny.
Oral Cancer Risk: Smokeless tobacco may seem harmless, but is the most carcinogenic forms of tobacco use. It places the carcinogenic chemicals of tobacco directly in contact with the delicate tissues in the oral cavity. It creates a chemical dependency to nicotine like smoking. Talk to your doctor about helping you out of the chemical dependency to nicotine. Chewing tobacco and oral cancer go hand in hand.
Stop doing it!: If you have been doing enough of it long enough to get addicted to nicotine, there are many ways to stop. The use of nicotine replacement therapy with lozenges, gum and patches, several prescription medications (bupropion, varenicline). Cold turkey works for some, perhaps with acupuncture or hypnosis if available, and smoking cessation programs greatly doubles chances of success. Get support.
Good Question: I am not aware of any formal studies looking at this. I would say unlikely, and it is even possible that for some nicotine might improve breathing...but surely not tobacco! The brain at your age is still developing and so the sooner you stop nicotine I think the better. Irreversible changes in the brain can occur from nicotine use, and they are more likely, the younger one is when using.
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