PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Could you have shortness of breath because you quit smoking?

ANSWER

  • If you've been smoking for a while, it shouldn't be a surprise if you can't breathe as well. Of the many health problems that come with smoking tobacco, lung disease is at the top. However, you may not realize that when you stop lighting up, you can have short stints where you can't catch your breath. As you smoke, you damage your lungs. It can take a while for them to heal once you've stopped. Aside from trouble breathing, you can have: Craving for cigarettes or nicotine
  • Intense hunger
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Trouble sleeping

From: Why Can't I Breathe? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?" "Shortness of Breath."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)," "Allergies."

American Lung Association: "Warning Signs of Lung Disease," "Pet Dander," "What Are COPD Symptoms?"

COPD Foundation: "Oxygen Therapy."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Asthma Treated and Controlled?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on December 4, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?" "Shortness of Breath."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)," "Allergies."

American Lung Association: "Warning Signs of Lung Disease," "Pet Dander," "What Are COPD Symptoms?"

COPD Foundation: "Oxygen Therapy."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Asthma Treated and Controlled?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on December 4, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

How long does it take for me to breathe normally after I quit smoking?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.