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Sore throat
« on: November 28, 2015, 02:13:36 am »
Within a very short period of time after you stop smoking, your lungs will begin to clear themselves out. Smoking can cause the cilia in your lungs to burn and not function properly. Cilia are tiny hairs in your respiratory system that actively move or “pump” mucous out of it in order to clear it up. If these are not functioning properly, the mucous can build up. When you quit smoking, the function of the cilia returns to normal and at the same time your body actively clears the lungs of mucous at a faster rate. As this mucous goes out of your lungs and down your esophagus, it is carrying all sorts of bacteria and irritants that may result in a sore throat. Many smokers report this as a positive feeling as they are feeling their body rid itself of all the bad stuff from their lungs despite a slightly sore throat that may result.

Don’t get sick

Another thing to note here is that because of a larger amount of mucous cleared out of your lungs, many smokers report upper respiratory infections. Your body may already be taxed by quitting smoking and the stress it can cause, adding more moisture and mucous to your system can make this an ideal setting to get a bit sick. Try eating more fruits and vegetables, along with taking a multivitamin to help prevent illness.

Cough

Part of clearing your lungs out and getting used to a non-smokers lungs will be a cough. Fortunately, this is not the same as the “smokers cough” since it is temporary and only a result of stopping smoking. Since you are no longer inhaling toxic smoke and fumes into your lungs on a regular basis, you may find that your lungs are a bit sensitive and getting used to clean air. They are also clearing themselves out so you will likely have a bit of a cough. Remember, this is part of beginning a new life and your body is adapting to a non-smokers habits.


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Re: Sore throat
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2015, 10:15:19 am »
Cilia are tiny hairs in your respiratory system that actively move or “pump” mucous out of it in order to clear it up.

Another thing to note here is that because of a larger amount of mucous cleared out of your lungs, many smokers report upper respiratory infections. Your body may already be taxed by quitting smoking and the stress it can cause, adding more moisture and mucous to your system can make this an ideal setting to get a bit sick. Try eating more fruits and vegetables, along with taking a multivitamin to help prevent illness.

 Remember, this is part of beginning a new life and your body is adapting to a non-smokers habits.

I kept calling the little hairs Scylla until @tea pointed out that Scylla are, in fact, Grecian sea monsters... :-[ Whatever they are, they don't half irritate whilst they grow back, but I'm also not half glad that they have grown back.  :)

I had cold after cold for the first 6 months after quitting- I couldn't understand it because I hardly ever had a cold when I still smoked. @TG is quite right- your body has to adapt. My GP told me it can take up to a year for your immune system to reboot (which just goes to show how much damage we do to our bodies when we smoke.. :-\). What I would say is that the colds I had after quitting lasted only a few days or a week at most whereas when I did catch a cold whilst I still smoked the cold would inevitably settle on my chest and linger for weeks on end. And since I came out the other side of that patch I've not (touch wood) been ill once.  ;D

So don't be put off if you're out there reading this and thinking of taking the plunge- I promise it's worth it and you'll never regret it.  :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :foundbeer:
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Re: Sore throat
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2015, 12:51:31 pm »
it's true I had terrible sore throats and those Fisherman's Friends Carol rescued me with really did the trick despite tasting foul because the funky taste really took my mind off the craving feelings too. 
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Re: Sore throat
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2015, 02:03:37 pm »
And here's me blaming my munchkins at school for sharing their bugs...no I'm still blaming them. ;D
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Re: Sore throat
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2017, 08:56:03 am »
I think that at this point they are very realistic.