Smoking is one of the most common causes for premature death all over the world. Some people smoke when they feel stressed while some others indulge in smoking just for enjoyment. It is a major addiction which has jeopardized health of smokers as well as those around them. Despite the warnings about ill effects of smoking written on the cigarette case, people continue smoking. It is because of the nicotine in tobacco which is extremely addictive.
Smoking can cause variety of symptoms and conditions. It can affect almost every organ and tissues of the body, mainly the lungs, heart and brain.Lung cancer, coronary artery disease, tuberculosis, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, high blood pressure are few diseases resulting from smoking.
Many people suffer from chest pain after smoking; it is because of inflammation in the air passages caused by several chemicals present in the smoke. It is a characteristic pain which occurs on deep breathing. The pain can be pinching, stinging or needle like. The best treatment to stop this pain is to quit smoking.
How Does Smoking Cause Chest Pain?
People who smoke experience more cough and cold; it is because smoking reduces their immune level.Their weakened immune system cannot protect their body against even mild attack of viruses responsible for cold and cough. Recurrent bouts of cough can cause strain on the muscles of chest wall. The cramped muscles of chest can cause pain in chest every time a person takes deep breath.
Besides the exterior factor, smoking can cause inflammation in the air passages (bronchi) as well as in the pleura (thin lining covering the lungs). Most chronic smokers suffer from a lung condition called bronchitis. As the air passages are inflamed inhaling air irritates the inner lining triggering bouts of coughing. Bronchitis is one of the major causes for chest pain after smoking.
Pleuritis is inflammation of the pleura. Chronic smoking can also irritate and inflame the pleura of lungs. There are two layers of pleura covering the lungs. Inflamed pleura rub against each other to cause pain in chest. Pain characteristically occurs on deep inspiration.
Usually chest pain after smoking occurs on one side if the pleura or the bronchus is involved. Muscular pain in chest wall can be bilateral. In some people the pain is unbearable and severe, while in others it may be mild.
How To Get Rid Of Chest Pain Due To Smoking?
If you want to stop this sinister pain that occurs after smoking, the best way is to quit smoking altogether. In fact those who are addicted to cigarette smoking, experiencing pain in chest is the best trigger for galvanizing their intention to quit smoking.
Patients having chest pain due to smoking often have chronic bouts of cough. It is caused due to inflammation of bronchus and air passages. Such patients need to be treated for bronchitis. Cough expectorants, antibiotics are main treatment options for relieving cough in such cases.
Patient should stop smoking when he is suffering from bronchitis as it will worsen the chest pain. He should consume more fluids as it makes the mucus inside the air passages more watery and easier to cough out.
Chest pain from smoking remains for a short while. However, if the pain is unbearable, applying hot fomentation on chest will help in reducing stress and strain on the muscles of chest wall thus alleviating pain.
A gentle massage is also useful to reduce pain produced due to spasm of chest muscles.