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Have cough and struggle to breathe. Have quit smoking and on electronic cigarettes. Cause?

I gave up smoking four weeks ago and haven t had a cig since, although I have taken up electronic cigarettes. I now feel terrible, I have a bad cough during the night, and really struggle to breathe often even when sedatory, I have been prescribed an asthma inhaler , do you think these symptoms are related to quitting smoking. I was smoking 30 a day and have smoked for ten years, I am a 26 year old female
Asked On : Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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Critical Care Specialist 's  Response
Welcome to health care magic
Dear patient, your symptoms are most likely due to asthama but not related to smoking quitting ,instead you are lucy enough that you had given up smoking otherwise your symptoms would have been even more worse, yes the possibility is that the electronic cigrattes may be acting as an offender or as an allergen because your problem started with the on set of this this type of smoking only, so my request is that you please do not resume to the cigratte smoking but instead try to quit electronic cigrattes also
wish you good luck
Dr Arshad
Answered: Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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Pulmonologist Dr. Jabeed P's  Response
Congratulation on giving up smoking.
Your symptoms may be related to quitting smoking.
Don't panic , but this is a short lasting problem only.
The tiny airways in your lung has microorgans called cilia that beat continuously to remove secretions from your lung.
Cigarette smoke contains many compounds that are toxic to these cilia ( ciliotoxins )
When you stop smoking , these cilia rejuvenate and you may have troublesome cough.
Also if you had asthma ( may be undiagnosed) it can worsen for a few months after quitting smoking.

If your inhaler is helping you , do continue it but if you are not feeling better , consult a pulmonologist
Answered: Sun, 17 Mar 2013
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