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Should a dry cough last five weeks in a new smoker?

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Dr. Stephen Siegel
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Bronchitis/asthma

Smoking causes irritation of the airways and leads to bronchitis/asthma.
Air sac damage emphysema occurs later. Smokers who develop early symptoms have a faster loss in lung function on than the "average" smoker. Asthma should be treated with "step-wise" asthma treatment with inhalers and other meds. Smoking cessation can be treated with nicotine supplements and other strategies. Get checked up.

In brief: Bronchitis/asthma

Smoking causes irritation of the airways and leads to bronchitis/asthma.
Air sac damage emphysema occurs later. Smokers who develop early symptoms have a faster loss in lung function on than the "average" smoker. Asthma should be treated with "step-wise" asthma treatment with inhalers and other meds. Smoking cessation can be treated with nicotine supplements and other strategies. Get checked up.
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