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Smoking and Tobacco

Physical symptoms

06/05/2006

Question:

I have been smoke free for 6 weeks, I'm not craving a smoke but have had a sore throat and have broken out in pus like blisters all over my hands and head is this detoxing

Answer:

This is not detoxing. After approximately 72 hours (certainly a week), the nicotine should be completely physically out of the body. You need to see your physician for a diagnosis and needed treatment.

A couple good websites to refer to for signs of nicotine withdrawal and detection of nicotine in the bloodstream are:

The American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org

Foundation for Blood Research: www.fbr.org

For more information:

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Response by:

Kathy Vesha, RN, BSN, MA
Formerly:
Kick It!
The James
The Ohio State University