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How much does smoking affect my allergies?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    When you're sneezing with the approximate force of a jackhammer, you think nothing could make your allergies worse, but guess what? Smoking does just that.

    Here's how smoking worsens allergy symptoms: When you smoke, the thousands of chemicals in the smoke can irritate your lungs, your eyes, your nose and your throat. If you've already got allergies, you could be more sensitive than other people to cigarette smoke, so this irritation leads to symptoms such as watery eyes, coughing or wheezing, a stuffy nose, hoarseness, or even shortness of breath.

    So if you're already prone to allergies, quit smoking. Ask your doctor about smoking cessation options.
  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered

    It directly impedes your immune system so it might lessen allergies.  The problem is, it affects your lungs, making breathing tougher so it seems like your allergies are worse.

  • AJoseph I Miller III, MD, Cardiology, answered on behalf of Piedmont Heart Institute
    Smoking affects the sinuses which can make allergies worse including all the symptoms of congestion, runny nose, the triggers to sneeze all worse.
  • AIvan Hernandez, MD, Psychiatry, answered on behalf of Bayview Center for Mental Health, Inc.

    Smoking acts as an irritant to the nasal passages, which can lead to sneezing or a runny nose, medically described as allergic rhinitis. Nicotine in cigarettes causes constriction of blood vessels, including those in the eyes, which can lead to red, itchy eyes.

  • There is a connection between second-hand smoke and allergies, and research shows that smoking may worsen people's allergy symptoms. Children who are exposed to second-hand smoke are at increased risk of asthma (up to 26,000 new cases per year), sinus infection, bronchitis, and pneumonia. These children are more likely to cough, wheeze, have excess phlegm, and contract ear infections.
  • ARobert S Kaufmann, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    Anything in the nasal passage is where allergies typically are the most affected so if you have injured or damaged the nasal passage that affects allergies so it is very important for people with allergies not to smoke because it only makes symptoms worse.
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