I was a user of nicotine gum. I finally quit cold turkey and found after a day or two my ankles swelled and my whole foot is swollen with edema.

I had been addicted to cigarettes for many years but quit in 1995. I continued to use the gum to help with the cravings. I found a blog where people complain that they have great edema problems after quitting nicotine in cigarettes or gum, but they say MD's have refused to comment. I am 70 years old. I decided to get compression stockings. I am healthy and do not have varicose veins. Stockings helped but I'm not sure where to go from here.

Answers from doctors (2)


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Mar 28, 2018

I do not know of any studies addressing this issue. Theoretically, nicotine caused vasoconstriction of arteries and veins (dilation). Perhaps with quitting smoking your circulation has improved and will take time to adjust. Compression (15-20 mmHg) knee length should do the trick for your swelling. Make sure they are measured and fitted. Address the swelling issue with your primary care doctor also. You have used nicotine for many years.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

I do not know of any studies addressing this issue. Theoretically, nicotine caused vasoconstriction of arteries and veins (dilation). Perhaps with quitting smoking your circulation has improved and will take time to adjust. Compression (15-20 mmHg) knee length should do the trick for your swelling. Make sure they are measured and fitted. Address the swelling issue with your primary care doctor also. You have used nicotine for many years.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


NE Laser Vein Institute LLC

Published on Mar 27, 2018

You are wearing compression stockings which is good. Please see a physician to asses the exact condition and then the treatment. It's not known if edema is the result of nicotine.

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Answered by NE Laser Vein Institute LLC

You are wearing compression stockings which is good. Please see a physician to asses the exact condition and then the treatment. It's not known if edema is the result of nicotine.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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