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I gave up smoking 6 weeks ago and now my chest keeps getting tight & wheezy.Could this b cos my lungs r clearing out.Its got a funny taste.Like when inf?
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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Mutual support helps
Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous.

In brief: Mutual support helps
Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Lungs have woken up
Smoking deposits tar in the lung.
Little waving hairlike structures line the airways and move debris out via wave like motions. One puff of nicotine paralyses these "cilia" for 20 minutes. Once the nicotine stops these guys start to work moving the tar out. For six months you will have increased cough and might need antibiotics. The taste could well be infection and wheeze may need inhaler.

In brief: Lungs have woken up
Smoking deposits tar in the lung.
Little waving hairlike structures line the airways and move debris out via wave like motions. One puff of nicotine paralyses these "cilia" for 20 minutes. Once the nicotine stops these guys start to work moving the tar out. For six months you will have increased cough and might need antibiotics. The taste could well be infection and wheeze may need inhaler.
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
You may even get a bronchitis, typically within first 2-3 mos after you quit.
Get seen though. And congratulations, you've done a great thing for your health.

In brief: Yes
You may even get a bronchitis, typically within first 2-3 mos after you quit.
Get seen though. And congratulations, you've done a great thing for your health.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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