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Can stopping smoking make my asthma symptoms worse?

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If you have asthma, your symptoms may get worse at the 48 hour mark. It's confusing, but it’s part of the process and won’t last much longer. You should see improvement by day 3. Talk to your doctor about how to keep your symptoms in check.

SOURCES:

Smokefree.gov: “Create My Quit Plan,” “How to Manage Cravings.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Smoking Cessation,” “Smoking.”

England Department of Health, Smokefree NHS: “What Happens When You Quit?”

Poison Control: “Another Reason Not to Smoke.”

American Cancer Society: “Why is it so hard to quit smoking?” “Benefits of quitting smoking over time.”

CDC: “Within 20 Minutes of Quitting,” “Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease.”

British Heart Foundation: “Smoking.”

Asthma UK: “Quit smoking to manage your asthma better.”

American Heart Association: “Smoke-free Living: Benefits and Milestones.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 9, 2018

SOURCES:

Smokefree.gov: “Create My Quit Plan,” “How to Manage Cravings.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Smoking Cessation,” “Smoking.”

England Department of Health, Smokefree NHS: “What Happens When You Quit?”

Poison Control: “Another Reason Not to Smoke.”

American Cancer Society: “Why is it so hard to quit smoking?” “Benefits of quitting smoking over time.”

CDC: “Within 20 Minutes of Quitting,” “Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease.”

British Heart Foundation: “Smoking.”

Asthma UK: “Quit smoking to manage your asthma better.”

American Heart Association: “Smoke-free Living: Benefits and Milestones.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 9, 2018

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