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 Which is more harmful: Weed or Cigarettes?

 Can smoking cause bronchitis?
I'm a pretty regular smoker and I also deal with a lot of stress in my life, I just got over having constant panic attacks. I'm wondering if bronchitis can be caused by smoking cigarettes ...

 I found my mom with a meth pipe.. What do i do?
I'm 13 and I'm taking a class in school on drugs and I recognized a meth pipe when I was snooping around in my moms stuff. I don't know what to do. I know I can't just let this go....

 Iv'e got man who is vommiting blood, and can't keep down much food or liquid.?
He is skinny to begin with. About 5"9', and maybe 135 pounds. He works alot, is bad tempered, and stresses all the time. He also drinks beer every night, at least 6. Does this sound like a ...

 how can i stop smoking?

 my daughter recently started taking singulair. She is 7. I read the ingredients seen phenylketonurics?
is it safe ? will it cause any affects down the road ?...

 can't stop hiccuping, help!?
does anyone know a good cure?...

 what are causes of breathing problems?

 Why can't people stop smoking when they try to stop it?

 Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, occasional headaches. Do you know what's wrong with me?
Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, occasional headaches.

I can't run. I physically can't because it's too hard to breathe.

I'm about 155cm tall and ...

 Light headedness from smoking?
Im not a big smoker at all, ill have about one or two a week and can go months or so without one. Recently ive found that smoking makes me really light headed almost to the extent of being high. i ...

 should i try smoking weed again?
I smoked lots of weed everyday for about 4 years then i started to get heart palpitations and weird dizzy spells, my doctor said it was because of smoking weed. its been a bit more then a year and i ...

 help with asthma!!!help?
i am scared cuz my doctor is saying that probably i have asthma and some allergy becase some times i really cant breath and i am scared what should i do?
i am only 13...

 how to quit smoking cold turkey?
iv been having chest pains and they are in the middle of my chest and have shortness of breath when they come about, someone told me to quit smoking immediatly whats the best way?
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 Is it bad for your lungs if you don't inhale while smoking a cigarette?
I don't smoke, but I want to know for future ...

 why dont i get high i hold it in for a while and i try to put it in my lungs ?

 What can a daughter do for his dad? S.O.S?
My dad has been coughing very much lately. I can hear him coughing now. He has asthma and smokes. He has given up and smoked again and given up for a few years now. He has quit smoking for a month ...

 second hand smoke problem , any method to "fix" my body?
My friends smoke all the time and I try very hard to aviod them , almost all the time I'd walk away from sometimes it's very hard.

Last week I was with a few of my friends and ...

 What's the point of smoking?
Other than you claim to be "addicted", even though its simply mind over matter, and you could easily convince yourself otherwise, but choose not to, why do you do it?...

 is it bad to smoke weed or cigarette's when you have pneumonia?
yesterday i woke up with 102 fever and today i woke up with 104 fever so my mom took me to the hospital and they said i had pneumonia
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Constantly producing phlegm - No cough or cold?
For the past 2 months, i seem to have been constantly producing phlegm which i am forced to swallow (what feels like) constantly throughout the day - I dont have any sort of cough, and the phlegm isnt thick. The phlegm is clear when i do spit it out.

Does this sound like a chest infection? After a while, i start to get muscular pains around the chest and arm areas if i swallow a lot
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I do smoke on and off - And i had a chest infection for which i was prescribed antibiotics for at the start of December - The phlegm problem has been pretty much ever since then

I did quit smoking for 4 weeks after new year and the problem was exactly the same

Yup sounds like a chest infection and if you are producing phlegm then thats a good thing.

The muscular pain is the result of your chest forcing the phlegm out, a cough is another by product of an infection and not a way of discharging the phlegm. Count yourself lucky that you don't have any other symptons.

Robin W
You should get it checked out. Try getting an air filter for your bedroom as well. It's possible that you have an allergy to something like I do. I get a persistent productive cough when the weather is cold and wet (might be allergic to leaf mold), and an air filter helped me.

Yorkies are NOT lap dogs!
Sounds more like Asthma than an infection...if it was an infection the phlegm would not be clear...see your doctor :)

EDIT:- thanks for the concern Dr Frank...I have only been under an asthma dr for the last 4 weeks....so I have just started steroids. I also have po;ands syndrome and am awaiting an appointment with a respritory physio toadress my frequent chest infections :)

You could make some money outta that, bottle it and sell it.

Sounds like asthma-related illness to me. You might need to strengthen your airways with steroidal inhalers. See your doctor.

blue eyes xx
Do you eat dairy products??
this can cause nasal drip..im constantly swallowing cattarh after eating cream/chocolate etc

I was like that until I took Dannex then all the phlegm came out and I stopped.....try some.

Cass :)
If you smoke that could be what is doing it.


Do you smoke? It may be smoker's cough.

Or it could be the result of seasonal allergies.


Dr Frank
You don't say if you smoke, which would be all the explanation needed as smokers continuously produce excess mucous after a while, and this continues even if they stop.

If you are a non smoker, it might be due to a local irritant or allergen or also possibly post viral hyper-reactivity. Do you remember if you had even a simple cold just before the problem started?

4 weeks would have have been enough time to wait and see, at 2 months a GP visit is justified. Hopefully you will not see someone who prescribes inappropriately. There is no real possibility that your symptoms would be explained by bacterial disease and therefore an antibiotic is NEVER going to be the correct management.

am 38 and Kelly B are correct hyper-reactivity is an asthma-like problem, though anyone can experience it and a 4-6 week course of inhaled steroids might settle things down, but other possibilities would need to be excluded first.

EDIT: BTW Kelly B bit concerned about your comment re yourself. Asthmatics don't get any more 'chest infections' than non asthmatics, at least until they are much older and their disease, as it can do if poorly treated, gradually moves across from asthma, which is reversible airways disease, to COPD which is not. Unfortunately however many patients even with clearly diagnosed asthma which is not fully controlled, that is still has breakthrough periods of instability with colds, still meet poor GPs who tell them that they have a chest infection and prescribe useless antibiotics, when in fact they should of course be modifying the asthma management or using steroids to treat break though.

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