No, this isn't a smoker's cough, its a nonsmoker's cough!
February 24, 2011 12:34 PM Subscribe
Quitting smoking filter: Of all the things I expected, this horrible scratch in my throat is seriously bumming me out. How can I fix it? How long might this last?
posted by stormygrey to health & fitness (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I 31 and smoked a couple of packs a day for oh, um almost a decade. I stopped cold turkey last Sunday, yay its been over a week. I've been dealing ok with my urge to rip people's eyeballs out and the starting to anticipate lunch at 10:30 parts, but my throat, jesus.
It feels like there is a hair, a particularly scratchy, evil hair, in my throat constantly, or like there is a little hole back there. Its just constant ineffective throat clearing and some pretty intense coughing at night. I've been drinking water, drinking hot tea w/ honey, sucking on cough drops or peppermints and nothing touches it. I've even lost my voice at this point. It is the start of allergy season and I had a cold a couple of weeks ago that may not have fully resolvwed.
My deepest fear is that somehow the week I quit smoking I finally got some horrible fatal something and will now drop dead. Is there a trick to soothe this? How long will the coughing/clearing last?