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Old February 9th, 2010, 02:29 AM
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[FONT=Impact]A Guide To The Hookah headache/Sickness
By Shushyne4np2ne

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]There are several people that may experience a hookah headache, or a feeling of sickness after completing or during a bowl. This has happened to the best of us (myself included) and I thought I would put up a guide on the symptoms of hookah induced sickness, how to help a hookah induced sickness, and what to do to avoid hookah induced sickness.

[FONT=Impact]What are some of the symptoms of Hookah Induced Sickness?

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]Hookah induced sickness seems to manifest itself in a couple of forms:

1) Headache- Any aching of the head or feverish feeling, sensitivity to light and sound. Basically the symptoms of a classic migraine, including nausea and dizziness.

2) Nausea- Feeling like you are going to hurl.

3) Sensitivity To Light And Sound- Loud noises and bright lights bother you immensely, possibly worsening the headache.

[FONT=Impact]Causes Of Hookah Induced Sickness

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]1) Dehydration- Not drinking enough water is a big cause of the headache.

2) Not Eating Enough/Empty Stomach- Not eating before smoking can cause headaches.

3) Going Overboard- Hoovering the hose every 10 seconds and just generally overdoing it.

4) Burning Tobacco- Coals that are too hot on the bowl, Foil touching tobacco

5) Nicotine Intolerance- If you are not used to a large amount of nicotine in unwashed tobaccos, you could possibly get too much nicotine in your system (Thanks to Mad_Hatter for the tip)

[FONT=Impact]How To Prevent Hookah Induced Sickness

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]1) Eat hearty before smoking- If you eat decently before smoking, you greatly reduce your risk of getting hookah sickness. A decent sized meal or a heavy snack will suffice. Even eating during your session will aid this. Try fresh fruit or crackers.

2) Drink plenty of fluids- Always drink well before smoking. Alcohol is alright with hookah, but in moderation. Always make sure to keep a drink handy such as a soda or a bottle of water. Remember though, sugary drinks and alcohol can aid in dehydration, causing the symptoms to be even worse!

3) Take it slow- Don't go after the bowl like a madman. Hookah is meant to be enjoyed slowly and is meant to be relaxing. Hoovering the hose every drag can get you into trouble too. Take slow, paced puffs and take a little break (30-40 seconds) between puffs to ease this.

4) Make sure your coals are lit- If your coals are not completely ashed over (grey all over), then don't put them on your bowl, I cannot stress this enough. In addition to inhaling all of the igniting agents on Quick Light coals, Naturals will just make you put more effort into making sure the coals are glowing, thus causing more smoke intake and more risk of getting sick. This may also lead to CO2 poisoning. (Thanks to Gloster for the tip)

5) Pack your bowl correctly- If you have too much heat on your bowl or if you have too much tobacco in the bowl, it's going to burn and possibly give you a headache.

[FONT=Impact]How To Ease Hookah Induced Sickness

[FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]1) Get some fresh air- When you are in a smoke filled room, your body isn't getting clean air, so step outside, take a few deep breaths. If you can, do a little jog or some jumping jacks. This will get the blood running in your system and help.

2) Excedrin (Or any other migraine medicine containing caffeine)- I have found that Excedrin or any drug with caffeine will help. Take with a big glass of water to help it go down easy. Make sure to read the dosing instructions and health warnings. I DO NOT CONDONE THE ABUSE OF THIS MEDICATION.

3) Head-On- This is more to ease the hot feeling you get with a headache. The best thing is you can use it as frequently as needed. If you don't have any, use an icepack or a cold rag on your forehead or the back of your neck.

4) Drink Some Water- Drink some water or a sports drink to gain back the energy lost to dehydration.

5) Eat Something- Eat some food or a meal to help with your stomach being empty. It will help you in the long run.

6) Motion Sickness Pills- This is an over the counter pill used to combat dizziness. You can also use Pepto-Bismol to combat the nausea as well. As with all drugs, make sure to read the dosing information and health warnings before taking. I DO NOT CONDONE THE ABUSE OF THIS MEDICATION.

If you experience any symptoms that might seem life threatening such as trouble breathing, tightness in your throat, etc... see your doctor immediately.



I hope that this guide has served as a helping hand to the newer members and members that battle with hookah sickness and it ruining an enjoyable hobby. Just remember, be careful and be smart about your smoking and you will have an enjoyable session! Happy smoking![/FONT]
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Last edited by Shushyne4np2ne; February 9th, 2010 at 03:42 AM. Reason: Added part about additional symptoms, Added to Causes thanks to Mad_Hatter
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Old February 9th, 2010, 02:33 AM
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excellent work sir. covered everything i would have said.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 02:53 AM
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you forgot one on the "causes of hookah induced sickness"

nicotine tolerance or the nicotine buzz.. the amount of nicotine being taken in is more than the body is used to

or something like that lol

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Old February 9th, 2010, 03:21 AM
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Only one left out coals not properly lit causing CO poisoning
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Old February 9th, 2010, 03:25 AM
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Now, EVERYBODY.

Whenever someone starts a thread. Do not say anything. Just copy and paste a link to this thread.

We need a phunnel/vortex thread as well.. Those get annoying to read.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 03:55 AM
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Default Re: Newbie Guide: Feeling Sick/Hookah Headache

Great thread!

But you may want to add in "how to prevent sickness" >> smoke in a well ventilated area (or you could place a fan in front of a window firing outward)

We should get a stickies thread going, we could put the punnel vs. vortex fight in there.
Kinda like a "check here before posting" it might clean up the general discussion a bit
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Old February 9th, 2010, 04:02 AM
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Now, EVERYBODY.

Whenever someone starts a thread. Do not say anything. Just copy and paste a link to this thread.

We need a phunnel/vortex thread as well.. Those get annoying to read.
+1 i was going to do this lol
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Old February 9th, 2010, 04:32 AM
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+1 i was going to do this lol
I actually think someone made one.. Imma have to go hunt for it.. if im not mistaken TheGirlfriend made it.

edit: * nevermind.. Photolinger made it.. great guide
http://www.hookahpro.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11029

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Old February 9th, 2010, 04:34 AM
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Great guide!
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Old February 9th, 2010, 10:06 AM
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Good writeup.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Default Re: Newbie Guide: Feeling Sick/Hookah Headache

personally ive seen alot of people who are new to hookah use rusted hoses they didnt realise were non washable or didn tunderstand the risks of smoking though rust, may be a littl eleft field but id like it to be added to the safty guide.

also adding someof the causes of shisha sickness may better educate, like why not hit it like a mad man (lack of oxygen) why let the coal burn all the way (co posioning) that kind of thing.

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Only one left out coals not properly lit causing CO poisoning
No, he did cover that. The problem I have with people quickly assuming any of this CO poisoning is that, even at 400ppm(there is no way a hookah could put off that much CO), it would take over an hour of constant exposure to obtain the blood levels needed to cause CO poisoning's side effects.
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Good job, sticky perhaps?
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Nice job! You certainly covered everything! Well done!
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well done a very worthy addtion to the hookahpro collection
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Well done! and +1 Jride
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really nice guide
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Great guide. This definitely needs to be bumped or stickied.
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very nice! well said and done... we've been seeing to many repeats on threads, hopefully this will cut them down, at least for people experiencing these problems.
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awesome guide. i would also add in as a solution to burn coals all the way thru. sometimes i get impatient and i try smoking them when the coals are a little more than halfway lit =X then it hits me an hour later. lol
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Very awesome and helpful thread. I'm new to owning a hookah (used to go to hookah bars all the time) so packing bowls and coal prep are sort of new to me. Thanks to all the helpful stuff on this site I'm experiencing very little hookah sickness or burned bowls and whatnot.
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head-on is a placebo
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i like it but needs to be designed much better
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WTG! nice thread something that helps me when i get a hookah headach is tylanol & a hot shower, poof headach gone
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My mom always packs me a baggie of cherios whenever I smoke. And a fruit cup... Way to go, Mom.
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