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quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby michael24easilybored » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:42 am UTC

ok, not exactly covered me, but after smoking for 10 years I quit at the end of November and since have started to get a scattering of spots on my body, big huge tough ones that don't want to be squeezed off. They're not on my face, just on my back and arms and places, almost as if randomly placed on me.

My girlfriend thinks this is normal, but can't tell me why. Why would ceasing to smoke make me all spotty? Is it my body just rejecting all the crap it contains after smoking for so long?

Incidentally, if anyone reading this has decided this puts them off quitting smoking, I should point out that I feel great in every other way :)
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby The Ethos » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:50 am UTC

By spots do you mean acne? Big pustules? Fluid filled golfballs under your skin? Raised plaques? Flat patches of red? scaley? skin discoloration?

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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby michael24easilybored » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:52 am UTC

big enormous pus filled bastards that leave a little scab after being squeezed off.
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby Solt » Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:32 am UTC

At least they aren't melanoma. There are many sorts of spots.

Maybe they're associated with something else that started when you stopped smoking? An increase in stress?
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby michael24easilybored » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:03 pm UTC

no, if anything I feel less stressed now, because having got over the withdrawal I'm now no longer gasping for a smoke all the time
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby V4mp » Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:45 pm UTC

Change in diet? are you now eating more fatty stuff, are you perhaps replacing the cigarettes with chocolate for instance? or something similar?
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby Dezign » Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:20 pm UTC

You should probably ask a doctor about that. Sooner than later.

Correlation =/= causation, and "body just rejecting all the crap it contains after smoking for so long" isn't sufficiently warranted to dismiss that kind of symptom.
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby michael24easilybored » Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:39 pm UTC

I've been replacing the cigarettes with runs around the park to sweat out the nicotine. As for seeing a doctor, it's a few big spots so I'm not too worried, especially seeing as if I tell a doctor I smoked for the last few years but gave up then my medical record has me as an ex-smoker (and more expensive life insurance and mortgages and stuff) rather than someone who has never smoked on paper :)
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby deconvoluted » Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:58 am UTC

You're aware that if you ever need a serious operation (especially a smoking-related one - it can still get you), they'll easily be able to tell you're a smoker and then your medical insurance will be null and void ... right?
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby quintopia » Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:06 am UTC

i don't think it's serious or related.
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby The Ethos » Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:08 am UTC

It sounds more like a skin infection, especially if they're pussy. That, or you have something autoimmune going on. Job's syndrome or some zebra like that.

Otherwise, foliculitis.
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby deconvoluted » Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:33 am UTC

quintopia wrote:i don't think it's serious or related.


Ah - I wasn't referring to the spots. I was speaking about any kind of serious illness that would require the use of medical insurance to foot the bill. The OP stated that he was avoiding mentioning his past smoking habit to his doctor in order to avoid an increase in insurance bills. So I was simply suggesting that this may not be the best strategy, since the insurance bills he is *currently* paying could be completely useless if his non-disclosure violates the terms of the insurance policy, and he *does* fall seriously ill (from any cause).

In terms of the spots though - while my general respect for this forum's readership is very high, perhaps in this case you would be better served by a good dermatologist?
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby sje46 » Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:35 am UTC

The Ethos wrote:It sounds more like a skin infection, especially if they're pussy.

That's what she . .. oh, I don't have the heart.

I get those things too, you know. Started when I was twelve. No clue what they are. Cysts? They go away when I don't touch them. Especially when I don't squeeze the pus out.

Still, see a doctor.
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby The Ethos » Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:16 am UTC

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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby sje46 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:52 am UTC

Haha, oh wow . . .that was a huge necro. I was reading this and became quite surprised when I saw my own avatar.
Yeah, I get those cyst things too. I assume that's what they are. If anyone has this problem, I would suggest not touching them. It makes them worse and I think it is possible that it may spread them.
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:53 pm UTC

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I've found that when I get knocked down with some serious cold or the flu or something, it's a really good opportunity to kick the smoking habit. You'll feel like crap whether you smoke or not, and by the time you've gotten better, you'll only have a lingering psychological addiction. I use the method to take a month off once a year or so, to keep the nicotine consumption manageable.
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby semicharmed » Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:27 pm UTC

Don't feed the trolls.
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby Hammer » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:07 pm UTC

semicharmed wrote:Don't feed the trolls.

Or reply to the spammers. Just hitting the report post button is sufficient. Thanks.
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Re: quitting smoking has covered me in spots

Postby michael24easilybored » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:51 pm UTC

hey, the spots went, I'm ok!

incidentally, the insurance I mentioned is not healthcare insurance, I live in a civilised country where the government will pay for my lung transplant for me :)

I meant the life insurance I might get one day when I'm very very old

and also, still not smoking and no desire to start again either :)
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