Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

How Does Smoking Affects Allergies?

Smoking can:

  • Cause you to cough more and produce more mucus (phlegm), especially if you already have allergies.
  • Weaken your immune system, so if you’re a smoker, your allergies may be more severe.

You may find your eyes and lungs are irritated, and your nose is stuffy.

People with allergies and nasal congestion who are exposed to tobacco smoke are six times more likely to have persistent ear infections, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Your family doctor can tell you more about how smoke can affect allergies.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine