September 21, 2018

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Damaged lungs from smoking once??

Patient: Hi, i’m 18 years old and recently smoked for the first time about 3 weeks ago. the next day my lungs were extremely tight and i experienced shortness of breath, persistent coughing and phlegm. i have been experiencing these symptoms for 3 weeks now and am wondering if i am sick? or if this is from smoking? i do have bad lungs with experiencing pneumonia twice and bronchitis before.

 

 

Doctor: Smoke may be the triggering factor for your symptoms. Smoke allergy could be a possibility. However given your history o f past pneumonia and bronchitis, you should avoid smoke to prevent your symptoms. If your symptoms tend to become worse, you need to see a doctor at the earliest for treatment and to rule out any chances of lung infection if present.

 


 

 

Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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