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A smoker's cough can be cured in many cases by quitting smoking or smoking cessation. The longer a person smokes, the harder it might be to quit and more likely that permanent damage may be done to the lungs resulting in such complications as lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, and other forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, such as emphysema.
Smoking cessation is very difficult due to the highly addictive nature of the chemical nicotine found in cigarettes. Smoking cessation usually takes a combination of perseverance, a multifaceted plan, and the support of the people close to the smoker. It is not unusual for it to take several attempts before a smoker is able to permanently quit smoking.
A smoking cessation program can include nicotine replacement therapy, an ongoing support system, including supportive family and friends, and a smoking cessation support group. It is a good idea to consult with your primary care provider before starting a smoking cessation program for recommendations for nicotine replacement therapy and support groups.
If a smoker's cough occurs in conjunction with chronic bronchitis, treatment includes smoking cessation and medications, such as bronchodilators and corticosteroids, which are inhaled into the lungs using a device called an inhaler. Bronchodilators help to relax and open up the lower airways in the lungs, and corticosteroids reduce airway inflammation.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is another form of treatment for chronic bronchitis. It can involve a medically supervised exercise program, disease management training, and nutritional and psychological counseling to help improve overall health and quality of life. Severe cases of chronic bronchitis require hospitalization.
Acute bronchitis is treated with smoking cessation and supportive care, such as getting plenty of rest and fluids and using a humidifier. Over-the-counter or prescription medications are recommended to relieve pain, fever, and cough. If acute bronchitis is caused by a bacterial infection, an antibiotic will be prescribed as well. If there is shortness of breath, a bronchodilator may be needed. Severe cases of acute bronchitis require hospitalization.
The following treatments are listed for Smokers cough in our knowledge base:
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More causes: not all possible causes for Smokers cough are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Smokers cough.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
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