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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Smoking and Alcohol Addiction
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User :   itching and burning sensation in chest and back when smoking
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   And since when are you having these complaints?
User :   male 48. about 2 weeks
Doctor :   Are the symptoms located at specific points?
Doctor :   Or do you mean that you feel itching and burning sensation over the entire chest?
User :   I am and have tried to quit but champix makes me throw up , no not all the time
Doctor :   Do you have any other associated symptoms such as rashes, skin thickening associated with the itching and burning sensation?
Doctor :   Do you have diabetes?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you abuse illicit drugs?
User :   no
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor for the current symptoms?
User :   only to stop smoking and have an appoitment tonite
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   There are no medical literature describing medical conditions explaining itching and burning sensation occurring only while smoking.
Doctor :   Since you do not report of associated skin complaints and associated symptoms,
Doctor :   it could either be a case of
Doctor :   anxiety and somatic factor causing the symptoms
Doctor :   or peripheral neuritis.
Doctor :   Adequate life style modification, distressing measures and vitamin supplements can help your symptoms.
Doctor :   If the symptoms persists inspite these modifications and vitamin supplements specific drugs such as amytriptylines and gabapentin modifiers can be used.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   yes
Doctor :   As far as quitting smoking, champix is one of the medication recognized for helping smoker quit smoking.
Doctor :   However it comes with its side effects,
Doctor :   that includes nausea, vomiting and depression too.
Doctor :   A better approach will be the use of nicotine supplements such as nicotine gums, patches or electronic cigarretes
Doctor :   while you slowly get over the smoking habit.

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