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Congestion after quitting ?
mi_ke posted:
Hi everyone, this is my first post here. I am 28 and have been smoking for the past 10 years. This is my second day tobacco free. Im wondering if its normal to have heavy congestion that is difficult to cough up after quitting. I have notice this starting, and it sometimes feel like its hard to breathe, until i am able to cough up the phlem. I figure its my lungs trying to get all the gunk out. Has anyone here, experienced the same problem when they quit?
Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi and welcome!

Congrats on reaching Day 2!

I didn't personally experience this when I quit but I was expecting it because yep, it's fairly common. You're right about what's going on so keep going and it should ease up.

Also, be sure to stay hydrated through this as that can help. Steam and even a netti pot may help with the congestion as well. And considering the difficulty breathing at times, talk with your doctor in case s/he has anything to suggest to you.
wjacko responded:
Hi Mike,

You must be trying to go 'cold turkey'. A smoking cessation product will help with the side effect. Good luck buddy.

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