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 Coughing up blood?
whenever something "goes down the wrong pipe"like drinks,i cough up blood.what does this mean?i cant afford a doctor....

 If the doctor tell you to drink your medicine twice a da , what time should i drink it?

 Smoking question?
How bad does smoking taste? People who smoke tell me cuz i think it would be kinda kool....

 Many symptoms similar to heart attack; however, doctors can't find anything wrong with me.?
Recently, I've been experiencing things with my body that I've never felt before. Pains in chest. Sometimes the pain is dull and sometimes it's sharp. The pain is getting worse. T...

 Asthma in children?
My son has asthma, which usually only appears when he has a cold.

For the past couple of weeks he's had a permanently blocked nose and a frequent cough. But I'm confused - I ...

 I have a cough but no other symtoms.?
I have a cough, but no other cold symtoms of a cold.
Why could this be?...

 Cough not going away and flem & mucus coming up with tinges of blood why??
Son has had cough for close to a month now and refuses to go to Dr he is going on 22 years old . I will take him to Dr monday even if I have to force him but I am getting worried. Says his stomach ...

 Should a doctor be able to tell if some one has Pneumonia?
i called out the doctor.
can he tell if some one has very bad P...

 I smoked weed today will it show up?
in a physical i have tomarrow?...

 Everybody in my school makes fun of me because I have leuciama and asthma,WHAT SHOULD I DO?

 I have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary decease and asthma I needs some idea to stop smoking?
I have tried the patches and a quit center and also the gum and lozenges. Maybe my problem is I don't want to quit as it is my time out from caring for my disabled daughter anyway does anyone ...

 How can you tell someone that their cigarette smoking is causing EVERYTHING about them to have tremendous odor

 Is Smoking Cigarettes a Sin.?

 What does it mean if you cough out blood phlegm?
I've got a high fever which started last night. And I started coughing out dots of blood about one hour ago. So far it has occurred twice. The phlegm is greenish yellow, and on two occasions, ...

 Ex-smokers: How did you quit?
Today is my first day smoke free and I'm wondering how everyone else did it. Any advice is welcome, ex-smokers only ...

 Is it really just the common cold or could it be something else?
I have a slight runny nose and my forehead feels quite warm practically always. I am coughing alot a and sometimes it has a barky sound in it but only a very little bit. It is like when people cough ...

 What's wrong with me? Read more...?
For the past 4 nights, I have had this annoying dry cough whenever I lay down and sleep or try to sleep. It keeps me up late at night. There is no phlegm. It kind of feels like smog lung when you ...

 Is it sleep apnea?
I never would have thought I might have sleep apnea, but recenly I have considered it a possibility. For years I have had the problem of holding my breath in while I am sleeping, just to let it out ...

 Am i being dumb for not quiting smoking while i can?
ok well im 15 and i smoke ciggartes and the thing is i can quit easily - i know this because i had a drug test 1 month ago and i quit smoking for 3 weeks because i thought they were going to test for ...

 Can obesity cause back problems?
My dad is a smoker and is about 280lbs. Over the past year hes had back problems and has had a persistant smokers cough. Hes convinced he has lung cancer and now im freaked out. Are these symptoms ...

chesley v
Once you have tar in your lungs from smoking can it ever go away?
yup. MHM

Just recently some mad health guys* figured out that once you've started smoking hardcore then blam you're pretty much owned, damage doesn't get undone. So the idea is to not even start these days. So I'm guessing perhaps the tar may break down slowly but there will still be some funky damage to your lungs aye.

*like the health geezers in nz or WHO or something like that

Uhh. actually after more like 15 years. and thats if your lucky.
because where is the tar goin to go? dissolve? right...

Seven years after you quit smoking

yes but your lunge still aren't up to normal.
six months as a rule,give or take a month.
sometimes you end up with cronic bronchite.

Yes, the tar in your lungs will eventually go away. The amount of damage smoking does to your lungs will never change. Our lungs are efficient due to the great amount of surface area created by alveolar sacs. As tar fills these sacs, the tissue dies and cannot be regenerated.

Deborah A
YES! I don't care what people say, it takes years but it will go away. Smoked for 30 years and tar free!!

Muthu S
Better stop smoking. When continued respiratory tracts shrink causing inflamation & difficult to breath. tar comes out in sputum while coughing or under medication.If you watch keenly expectorated sputum have black spots.

Not unless zeolite can do the trick. You can buy it in Hawaii.

After 10 years, your cardiac risk is the same as a non smoker.
If you have damage to lungs, that cannot be undone, but it can be slowed or stopped from getting worse.
Tar will start to come up after you stop smoking. YOu will notice an increase in coughing after you stop. This is your lungs trying to get rid of some of the crap that is down there.
Congrats if you have stopped smoking, that is awesome!

Jim F
Seven Years?
Fifteen Years?
It might dissolve?
Hmmm.... Doctors?

While some things you ingest, inhale or otherwise absorb into your system may have different effects on how long they may stay in your body, depends on many different factors. The chemical compound and where it tends to store in the body both have an effect on it's longivity and this can also vary from person to person and their particular genetics. There is no set period, although there may be "averages" based on different studies.

However, the body is also designed to use or eliminate most everything that is "taken in" in the various forms of waste excretions.

If you have only been smoking a short period of time, your body may be able to get rid of the tar and toxins in a short amount of time. If you have been a heavy smoker for years, then you will have a much larger accumulation, since the body can't remove it as quickly as you are putting it in your lungs. Therefore, removal of the build-up of tar could take years... the actual number would be dependent on your particular body chemistry/genetics.

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