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03 Apr 2006

clogged head and hearing
I have quit smoking, cold turkey after 44 years and now it seems after quitting for five weels my ears and head feels like they are clogged. Or all stuffed up, I have gone to a ear nose and throat specialist, he cleared up a minor nasal infection and he cannot find anything.
Yet my symtoms persist stuffy ness in the head and ears.
It has beeen 5 weeks since I quit smoking
Thank You ANY HELP Please
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Pj282
You must understand what happens if one stops smoking - in your airways you have small "hairs" called cilia. They move and clean out your airways constantly. When you smoke these cilia are paralyzed and that is why a smoker coughs up phlegm in the mornings. When you stop smoking the cilia and phlegmcells suddenly come to life and you may have flu/cold symptoms for a few weeks until everything is back into shape again. Try rinsing your nose with saltwater twice a day ( 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1 glass of luke warm water). You can use a nasal spray like Drixine/ Iliaden or even Beconase aquous if the stuffiness persists.
Drink lots of water to assist your body to thin the plegm and to rinse out the nicotine from your system. Good luck and I really hope that you will hang in there. I really respect people that can make and follow up on this decision - it is NOT EASY!
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