How to Quit Smoking With Allergies

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If you are a person with allergies, smoking can only exacerbate that condition. Learn how to quit smoking with allergies with help from a renowned medical expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Robert Eitches. I'm a board certified allergist, and I'm in practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and I'm here today to talk to you about how to quit smoking with allergies. And first you think well does that make sense? What are we talking about? Why are my smoking allergies related? Well one interesting thing is that people who smoke frequently find that their allergies are sort of mucked up. They're stagnant, they don't cause as much of a problem and they claim that when they try to quit smoking their allergies act up and that's a reason why they don't want to quit. Well, I don't completely buy that. I think that what you really need to do is you need to look at ways to quit smoking and one group of people say well I can quit, I've quit a thousand times and my thought is that quit once, why make yourself miserable and have to quit again because if you start up again you're just going to have to quit again. It's a pain. So what ways work for quitting? One thing is making sure you want to quit. You can't quit unless you want to. Some people are too young, too dumb, eventually they will, most people come up with the idea that smoking is not so much fun. You can't exercise, you get short of breath, you smell, you stink, lots of things. You can's smoke in public as much, issues like that so what ways can be used to treat it? One thing is hypnosis. Hypnosis can work. Another thing that people use is nicotine replacement. Now with nicotine replacement, what you find is it's good and bad. It's a way to not smoke as much but you're still addicted to nicotine and if you're addicted to nicotine you're more craving cigarettes so it's not a perfect world. Recently there have been medications that have been helpful. There's one medicine that's Bupropion and Bupropion was shown in double blind placebo controlled studies to have people have an easier time with quitting smoking. Since then there's a new medicine called Chantix that's been even more successful than Bupropion and basically what you do is you take the medicine. First of all you want to quit smoking but then you take the medicine and the medicine makes it easier for you to quit smoking. You eventually stop the medicine but you're not smoking, be aware, if you smoke you're a smoker, you're a smokaholic and once a smokaholic, always a smokaholic, you can't have just one. But you can have none. I'm Dr. Robert Eitches. I'm a board certified allergist, practicing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and I discussed today how to quit smoking with allergies. Thank you.

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