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Can smoking worsen the symptoms of a lung infection?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Smoking interferes with the lung's normal ability to cleanse itself.
Therefore infections of breathing tubes or lung tissue will occur more frequently, be more difficult to eradicate, and be more debilitating.

In brief: Yes

Smoking interferes with the lung's normal ability to cleanse itself.
Therefore infections of breathing tubes or lung tissue will occur more frequently, be more difficult to eradicate, and be more debilitating.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes.

Smoking worsens just about every single lung disorder, including infections.
Smoking paralyzes and damages tiny hair like cells along the lung/bronchial lining that help move dirt, bacteria, dust out of the lung. So you can see how smoking can make a lung infection worse.

In brief: Yes.

Smoking worsens just about every single lung disorder, including infections.
Smoking paralyzes and damages tiny hair like cells along the lung/bronchial lining that help move dirt, bacteria, dust out of the lung. So you can see how smoking can make a lung infection worse.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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