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Stop Smoking

Smoking is a known lung irritant. It will make it even more difficult to get enough oxygen. Talk to your doctor about the many treatment options that are available to help you stop smoking. Nicotine replacement products, like patch or gum, can help to relieve uncomfortable side effects that occur when you stop smoking.

Limit Alcohol Intake

Alcohol abuse can lower your immune resistance. This can make it difficult to recover.


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Last reviewed May 2015 by David L. Horn, MD, FACP

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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