06 Feb 2020
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It can take a long time for our lungs to clear out. I quit 3.5 years ago and ever since, I get a lot of phlegm coming out every day. But it doesn't bother me. Better out than in. Also, the more liquid you drink, the easier it is to get rid of this phlegm. I think it is all part of the healing process.
The chest congestion you are experiencing may not be solely due to you quitting. It might be a result of the hot and humid weather. Or you may have developed allergies. Who knows? It sounds like you are concerned, so why not check in with your doctor? It is probably a good idea in any event, because quitting smoking is a tremendous change and your doctor will want to keep track of the beneficial changes to your health as a result of you quitting.
In the meantime, I wouldn't worry too much. Think about it. You quit almost 4 months ago. That can only be good for your health.
Kash, you should be really proud of yourself. Quitting isn't easy, but you stuck with it and you did it. I think that is fantastic! Do something nice for yourself. You deserve it!