People keep asking if I'm ok - i look awful

hello, this might be a new one for some people but hoping that someone on here has has a similar experience

I am on day 19 of my quit

everyone that knows me keeps asking me if I am ok - this is simply because I am so pale, have lost all the colour in my face since stopping smoking.

I look like a mortician's "after" - there is not enough blush in the world to make me look human

Also, everyone one of my fingernails has broken and my hair which only ever needed washing every 3 days is now greasy every day.

Am happy that I am not smoking but was expecting to look better and not a lot worse!!

Have the usual putting on weight which I was expecting (4 lbs so far) but not this skin, hair & nails rebellion

anyone share this or heard of it before?

thanks

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  • Well done on reaching day 19

    but sorry to hear your having some bad side effects there :( sadly there are alot of different ones i would say go and get a check up with your doctor just to make sure maybe you might need to increase your iron intake if your very pale i suffer with that one myself

    i would say make sure your taking enough vitamins and drinking plenty of water to help flush all the crap through your system

    hope you start feeling and looking well very soon hun

  • thanks - never thought about my iron level - have been pretty lethargic as well but just though that was another thing I had to put up with

    But I will check with the quitting advisor at my appointement next week

    thanks again for the reply/advice

  • thanks - never thought about my iron level - have been pretty lethargic as well but just though that was another thing I had to put up with

    But I will check with the quitting advisor at my appointement next week

    thanks again for the reply/advice

    That does sound a bit like anaemia Mazwol.

    I have it mildly - although a lot less since I quit smoking - so eat plenty of dark green veg and things and it should help!!

    Do you get a lot of mouth ulcers?

  • Gemma

    does "things" include guiness? - sounds more appealing than dark green veg - always used to be quoted for building iron ;)

    I went to the dentist a couple of days into my quit - was well organised this time - had full scale and polish as did not want poor gums like last attempt. I used bleeding gums and weight gain as excuse to start smoking last time

    But the gums are just as bad as they were last time so maybe it is a vitamin/iron deficiency - will check it out next week

    thanks for taking time out to reply - have a good weekend

  • Gemma

    does "things" include guiness? - sounds more appealing than dark green veg - always used to be quoted for building iron ;)

    I went to the dentist a couple of days into my quit - was well organised this time - had full scale and polish as did not want poor gums like last attempt. I used bleeding gums and weight gain as excuse to start smoking last time

    But the gums are just as bad as they were last time so maybe it is a vitamin/iron deficiency - will check it out next week

    thanks for taking time out to reply - have a good weekend

    It does actually, yes!!

    My dentist went through a long list of things that have a lot of iron in and that was one of them :)

    Ooh and you're welcome and I hope you have a lovely weekend too!!

  • Well played Gemma Lou excellent advice :p

    It would be if I liked Guinness :p

    I like lager, but Guinness tastes icky to me :eek:

  • It would be if I liked Guinness :p

    I like lager, but Guinness tastes icky to me :eek:

    try it with a bit of blackcurrant in it, sweetens it up slightly, used to drink it when I was pregnant.....ok ok but back then you could eat cream cheese,pate and soft eggs when preggers too! Smoking was frowned on but only a little bit,

  • try it with a bit of blackcurrant in it, sweetens it up slightly, used to drink it when I was pregnant.....ok ok but back then you could eat cream cheese,pate and soft eggs when preggers too! Smoking was frowned on but only a little bit,

    My nan had anaemia too, and the doctor told her to drink Guinness - she ended up giving it to my dad :p

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