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Family Physician
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hard time breathing after eating, steam shower, bending over

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Dr. told him to quit smoking lungs are clear started coughing real hard and is now on steriod inhaler, pro air inhaler, and nebulizer
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Family Physician replied 9 years ago.
From your question, it looks like he RESTARTED smoking because of difficulty with his breathing? This is the absolutely worst thing he can do.

Many patients will experience some increase in mucous production when they first quit smoking, as the body's natural defense mechanism (the cilia) resume their normal function of clearing out mucous and debris from the lungs.

He should STOP smoking, and call his physician if the inhaler and nebulizer are not effective in reversing the symptoms.
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
the doctor told him to start smoking and gradually quit to stop the cough because the cough was so bad that he could not breath is this the only thing we can do i am concerned about heart damage with the inhalers and nebulizers not to mention the stress the cough is causing
Expert:  Family Physician replied 9 years ago.
If his cough is that bad, the doctor may need to consider putting him in the hospital, giving some IV steroids, and/or an antibiotic.
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