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Jay

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I dont understand why after I quit smoking I now have allergies every late summer now. I know when I quit I sence of smell was much greater but it seems perhaps too great and too sensitive now and then boom, I cant breath, cant see cause eyes are so red and itcy
Vyking

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Sep 10, 2006
 

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I have a theory that we develop allergies by weakening our immune systems. I used to drink 2 or more pots of coffee daily, now I can only handle one cup a day. Much more coffee than that and I have problems.

I have put together some allergy information that addresses problems like yours. There's an easy solution to constricted airways, itchy eyes, etc.
http://www.helpwithallergies.com
Conan

Medford, NJ

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Vyking, you are absolutely right about the relation to allergies and the immune system. I know a lot of people, including myself, that take certain nutritional supplents to boost their immune systems and beat allergies. You can find more information about this on:
www.conan.limupro.com or www.conans.originallimu.com
Linda

Lakeland, FL

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Jay wrote:
I dont understand why after I quit smoking I now have allergies every late summer now. I know when I quit I sence of smell was much greater but it seems perhaps too great and too sensitive now and then boom, I cant breath, cant see cause eyes are so red and itcy
My theory is that smoking paralyzes the little hairs response in our nostrils and therefore does not recognize the allergens. Then when we quit smoking they are sensitive and react against everything. I started smoking in my 30's and my allergies and asthma before I started were horrific, then after I started smoking I figured they finally went away. Well, it's been a year since I quit smoking and the allergies are horrible, so far Clariton doesn't work, I can't afford Zyrtec and I take Advair Discus for my asthma. I know I am healthier in the long run, just wish I didn't feel like you know what now.
Linda

Lakeland, FL

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My theory is that smoking paralyzes the little hairs response in our nostrils and therefore does not recognize the allergens. Then when we quit smoking they are sensitive and react against everything. I started smoking in my 30's and my allergies and asthma before I started were horrific, then after I started smoking I figured they finally went away. Well, it's been a year since I quit smoking and the allergies are horrible, so far Clariton doesn't work, I can't afford Zyrtec and I take Advair Discus for my asthma. I know I am healthier in the long run, just wish I didn't feel like you know what now.
Sawnia

Pointe-claire, Canada

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Apr 3, 2007
 

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It's true. Smoking (cigaretts or mary jane) paralyzes the cilia (little hairs in our lungs that filter out what is not supposed to enter), so we develop asthma while we smoke and don't feel the filtering. As a result, when we stop smoking, they start to work again and now we FEEL the congestion in our lungs. Keep on truckin though! Life is so much better on the other side! Seeing what is coming out of my lungs after 10 years of smoking is so gross but smoking is even MORE GROSS. Time and avoiding smoke will help.
Jen

Portland, OR

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May 13, 2007
 

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I quit smoking 8 years ago and was hooked on nicotine gum until recently. As soon as I was able to quit the gum, my childhood allergies return with a vengeance!
diego lopez

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i think we should smoke only in some areas but not where kids are playing thats to dangerous for them they can get cancer and asthma
Psypher

Peoria, AZ

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Jun 6, 2007
 

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Yes, I agree with the above comments. I am only 20 years old and had smoked heavily for nearly 6 years. I now have beat the habbit. However, I feel as though
I am constantly congested and cant seem to get enough air! I have also been experiencing a higher level of fatigue as well. I just dont think I could lose that much lung capacity in those few years of smoking... I beleive that maybe the cialis could have been damaged which makes me vulnerable to airborne toxins(such as pollution and pollen). I can only hope that eventually my lungs may naturally heal themselves and I can breathe and enjoy life like I had before!(-=
Skip

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Jun 21, 2007
 
I just quit smoking and fortunately I have been exercising for a while now. It helps to clear everything out and allows you to feel the difference in lung capacity. I haven't noticed any allergies yet, but I hope that my immune system has stayed in shape even after 11 years of smoking.
Bob

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Makes me want to start smoking again... I haven't had cigarette for 10 months now (after moderate smoking for many years) and I swear I felt better when I smoked. I've have allergies (or something) dry itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing etc.. which conveniently started right about the time I quit. Kind of irritating... Glad I'm not alone. Makes me want a cigarette just thinking about it though...
olivia

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o Thank God Im not alone. Im dying!! I just quit smoking and like the others said I felt better when I smoked. I cant breath, Im tired all the time and I go through a box of tissues a day!! I never used to have allergies. Does anyone know if it gets better??
Cristina

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I am also going through hell! I quit 2 weeks ago.

Although I had started having mild allergic symptoms a while ago (as I was quitting and starting back again after a while), now that I quit, it's so much worse. Itchy eyes, nose, burning up sensation, fatigue, lack of concentration, congestion.
I'm exercising 3 times a week which helps for a couple of hours but not more.
I am determined to quit smoking, so I really hope that these symptoms are not permanent.

Anyone with positive feedback to that effect?
p-nut

Cherry Hill, NJ

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Nov 3, 2007
 
I quit smoking three months ago after about 10 years of smoking and now I have been diagnosed with allergies. But to what?? My sinuses are clogged and I Have "allergic shiners" which is a pleasant way to say black eyes all the time. I am extremely fatigued and even have an "off balance" feeling alot. Shouldn't it be easier to breath? Now?? Everone says I look horrible. I am fighting the temptation to return to smoking but I have come this far. Will it get any better?
missy

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i just quit smoking a month ago and here i can see that what i am going through is normal. My boyfriend and i quit at the same time and he is experiencing none of this, but i am ready to rip these itchy eyes out and can't stop blowing my darn nose. Does anyone here know when this ends??
Vince

Alexandria, VA

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Dec 1, 2007
 
Just quit and have allergies I live in a basement apartment with a couple of dogs I have Mold, dust, and dander, even dust mites are agitating to my condition. Clean the hell out of everything even vacuum the dust mites out of your bed with a HEPA filtered vacuum. it will help, seriously.
Susie

Orange, CA

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Dec 21, 2007
 
I quit smoking about a year and a half ago after having smoked 7 years. I have horrible allergies! I thought I was going crazy, I had no idea what was wrong with me. Congestion, itchy itchy eyes. Just recently I decided to try and do something about it.. nothing has worked so far. benadryl, claritin, snorting salt water, cleaning cleaning cleaning. doesn't work for me yet. If someone stumbles upon a cheap miracle solution, please share!! doubtful. But I would much rather deal with allergies then go back to smoking.
MR-Fantastic

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Hey guys,
Fist of all you need to keep your hand busy. I suggest that you buy a portable video game. About the allergies, I live in Cincinnati and, I have 2 cats and a dog. I quit smoking last Ramadan which was in October. I am experiencing the worst allergies ever. My eyes are itching, runny nose, my tonsil is always itching. I hate every morning because thatís when all the allergies hits me at once. Has anyone found a special medicine for my condition beside cigarettes? LOL
Mike

Marinette, WI

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I've been smoking since I was 17 and im 21 now. Not just cigarettes mind you. I've been damaging my lungs horribly throughout this timeperiod. I quit smoking (cigarettes) 1 month ago and realized how horrible my lungs are.

I was diagnosed with asthma when i was younger however i defeated it throughout my early high school years. Ever since i started smoking again i've been using my inhaler (albuteral) like 3 times a day which is probably worse for me than smoking :(

I just want to know when it all ends. every day i wake up debating if i dial 911 and cure my asthma with an oxygen tank or fight it off for the next 4 hours. little did i know any of this would happen if i started smoking 4 years ago. i hate cigarettes and i hate myself for ever starting.

preddy soon i wont need cigarettes to relax. preddy soon i'll just be dead from suffication. thanks phillip and morris
Mike

Marinette, WI

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I've struggled with the high level's of uncomfortability related to asthma and here's what helps keep you from freakin out in anger and frustration:

STOP SMOKING NOW!!!!
(EVERYTHING) Nothing can help you if you don't save yourself as fast as you can trust me you keep smoking and have asthma you will be suckin off an oxygen tank the rest of your life and i am sure you wont be getting any with a big tank attached to your back lookin like rocket man or something.

Mucinex (over the counter) will help

Inhalers are your friend for the next few years

Exercise: every day i run home from work (not full speed but jog) enough to where im out of breath and cough up some nasty stuff.

Stay away from smokers. One little breath of a 2nd hand cigarette will set me back a few days of cardio exercises trust me. If someone is smoking around you and you just quit you slap them in the face and break their cigarettes (you will save their life). well don't physically hurt them but verbally make them feel bad at least.

humidifier: works wonders. i have one next to my bed i wake up some days wanting to take over the world. Some days i don't even know what asthma is thanks to this baby. so keep it in mind. I got mine $20 at wal-mart and i've never regret it since.

Equate anti-alergenic: i know equate is a cheap brand but out of all of the alergy medications this one seems to work and work good. not drowsy and i have no troubles with alergies unless im breathing the source right in.(my case hangin out at a friends with 2 cats will kill me at this state in my non-smoking point)

Get a friend who can re-assure you. I know this sounds stupid but really without my friends id seriously have offed myself throughout this horrifying struggle. Every day i struggle for each breath and without my friends and loved one's help id be hopeless. They also re-enforce quitting smoking and its like a perfect circle. You quit they are happy and they are happy you keep a positive attitude. Trust me.

But to be totally honest if the chest tightness is what is causing your uncomfort if not your demise... talk to a doctor about it. Sometimes nothing works and it's really scary. Doctors know everything (actually only House does) and they can seriously give you answers. I unfortunatly have no insurance and cannot see a doctor however i have faith and im optimistic. And like my anger management therapist in high school said.

This soon shall pass.

And with that i wish you all luck. Quit smoking and seriously stop those who plan on starting. If i could change one thing in my life it would be the fact that i smoked. I should have listened when they told me instead of defying the system.

also if this disease or w/e takes me down i want you all to know i will take phillip morris and every other tobacco company with me. somehow someway they will feel what i've felt ten fold.

good luck all. stay smoke free (tobacco and then some).

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