Is it possible for tobacco smoking to be the direct cause of a sore throat? I know this may seem like an odd question but context is all etc.
Posts: 34 | From: England | Registered: May 2002
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smoke paralyzes the cilia in your throat. cilia are hairlike cell appendages that sway back and forth when they're healthy. they sweep crud out of your throat. when you smoke, the cilia stop working, cells in your throat can die off or become cancerous. and your throat can't clear itself of the dust, bacteria, viruses, toxins and all around crud that collects there. No wonder you have a sore throat, all that awful stuff is piling up in your throat and can't get out. This is why smokers often have to hock up spit and cough a lot because they can't naturally clear their throats.
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Posts: 12677 | From: Los Angeles, CA ... somewhere off the 10 | Registered: Jul 2000
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quote:Originally posted by Gumdrop Girl: smoke paralyzes the cilia in your throat. cilia are hairlike cell appendages that sway back and forth when they're healthy. they sweep crud out of your throat. when you smoke, the cilia stop working
You say it paralyzes the cilia, do you mean permanently, or if after you quit smoking, will the cilia become useful again?
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