JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Cocaine users certainly experience poor health from all of the chemical compounds that go into their bodies. The substances and chemicals from cocaine can create negative effects on the ears, nose, throat, and lungs.
Many cocaine users complain of nasal irritation, nasal skin hardening, recurring nosebleeds, nasal congestion, facial pain caused by sinusitis, and hoarseness of the voice.
In addition, the mucous membranes of both sides or cartilage that separate the nose can be damaged by decreased blood supply, along with drying, hardening of the skin, and nose.
This condition causes a perforation or a hole in the nasal septum, the presence of runny secretions, nosebleeds, and whistling sounds when breathing, often called the coke nose.
These cocaine users usually also complain of sharp chest pain, often worse with deep breathing, neck pain, difficulty or pain during swallowing, and air under the skin which in medical language is called "crepitation" under the skin when touched (subcutaneous emphysema).
The lungs of cocaine users can also be filled with fluid (pulmonary edema), causing extreme breathlessness, sometimes respiratory failure, and death.