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What’s Causing You to Cough?

We all cough.  Cough is an important function.  But like many things, too much of a good thing is no good.  The first and most important step toward effective cough treatment is understanding what’s causing cough.  And there’s a meaningful difference between identifying the underlying cause of your cough and the triggers or irritants or stimuli that tickle your body’s cough mechanism and produce  cough.  Real and lasting success relies on addressing what’s causing cough rather than the symptom.

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team accurately diagnose the cause and triggers of your unique cough. Accurate diagnosis is the foundation of an individualized and effective cough treatment plan.

Cough evaluation includes a thorough medical history and physical exam exploring your cough symptoms and their effects on your daily activities. Previous physician visits, laboratory testing, X-rays, and diagnostic procedures will be reviewed. Based on this evaluation, further testing may be performed at the initial visit using advanced diagnostic tools. These tools include:

  • Rhinolaryngoscopy
  • Pulmonary function studies
  • Pulmonary inflammatory testing (expired nitric oxide)
  • Allergy testing
  • Oropharyngeal pH (acid) probe

Precision cough diagnosis avoids a trial and error approach with cough treatments that prove to be ineffective.  Accurate diagnosis and targeted cough treatment also shortens the time it takes for people suffering with Chronic Cough to feel better.  More than 8 out of 10 Center for Cough patients demonstrate measurable improvement in their cough and life. 

Dr. Sher is a Cough Specialist.  He is the only doctor in the southeastern United States, and one of only a few in the nation, who focuses on being a cough doctor.  Dr. Sher and Center for Cough team have a comprehensive approach to cough diagnosis and cough treatment.  In almost all cases, cough evaluation and recommendation of cough treatment occurs during a single outpatient visit to the Center for Cough  office.

If you or someone you know suffers with Chronic Cough, contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough: 727-393-8067.

 

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Chronic Cough and Upper Airway Cough Syndrome

There are many irritants that can trigger Chronic Cough.  That is why it is so important to see a Cough Doctor who can precisely diagnose the cause(s) and trigger(s) of your Chronic Cough.  Upper Airway Cough Syndrome is a common contributor to Chronic Cough.  Examples of upper airway irritants include: Allergic rhinitis, vasomotor rhinitis, and sinusitis.

Imagine a game of dominoes.  Upper Airway Cough Syndrome and Chronic Cough can mimic a game of dominoes.  Nasal inflammation from allergies and/or infection contribute to irritating the cough mechanism.  Symptoms of Upper Airway Cough Syndrome are a sensation of post nasal drip at the back of the throat, nasal discharge, or throat clearing. Treatment often includes nasal saline, antihistamines, nasal steroids, and ipratropium bromide.

If you have a persistent cough that won’t go away, contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough to have your cough evaluated and begin cough treatment targeted specifically to your cough:  727-393-8067.

Sometimes, cough is a symptom of an underlying and serious medical problem.  Sometimes, Chronic Cough is THE problem.  A cough that won’t go away should not be ignored.  Prompt cough evaluation and cough treatment plan minimize your and your loved ones’ concerns that something more serious can be going on.

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Chronic Cough and GERD with Symptoms or Silent

Did you know that GERD can be a silent contributor to Chronic Cough?  While there are often classic symptoms associated with GERD, sometimes GERD is silent and there are no telltale symptoms.  That is why it is important to see a Cough Doctor who carefully reviews your medical history with you and looks for clues.  Questions about diet, reclining or lying down position, time of day, and cough while or after eating may offer you and the Cough Doctor clues about the role of GERD in Chronic Cough.

Dr. Mandel Sher, Medical Director and Founder of Center for Cough, is a Cough Doctor.  Dr. Sher offers patients a comprehensive diagnostic and cough treatment approach.  Over 8 out of 10 Center for Cough patients demonstrate a remarkable reduction in the frequency and intensity of cough.  When Chronic  Cough is normalized, patients report an overall improvement in daily living activities.  Professional performance, energy level, social engagement, and personal relationships improve when cough is normalized.

Persistent cough that won’t go away should not be ignored.  Sometimes, cough is an indication of an underlying and serious medical problem.  Sometimes, Chronic Cough is THE problem!

Cough can be triggered by gastro esophogeal reflex disease (GERD) or can be associated, but not triggered, by GERD. GERD triggered or associated coughs sometimes have symptoms of hoarseness, throat clearing, and sore throat, or is asymptomatic in others. Treatment often includes simple and effective dietary changes and Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) medications aimed at reducing gastric acid production.

Do not guess or make assumptions about the cause of your cough.  Do not waste time and money on cough treatments that are not targeted to your type of cough.  Contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough for a comprehensive cough evaluation and cough treatment plan:  727-393-8067.

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Your Medicine May Be Making You Cough

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors found in some prescription medications can be associated with Chronic Cough.  It is important to never stop a medication without first discussing the consequences with the ordering physician.  But a Cough Doctor can precisely diagnose the cause(s) of your Chronic Cough and the role of ACE Inhibitor medication in your situation.

A persistent, dry, tickling cough is a relatively common result of ACE inhibitors, such as lisinopril, which are used to treat hypertension, heart and kidney diseases. Cough may occur within hours of the first dose of medication, or its onset can be delayed for weeks to months after the initiation of therapy. Treatment with ACE inhibitors may sensitize the cough reflex, thereby potentiating other causes of chronic cough.

The mechanism of ACE inhibitor induced cough is not fully understood but probably is associated with increases in bradykinins that activate the cough reflex. Although cough usually resolves within 1 to 4 weeks of the cessation of therapy with the offending drug, in a subgroup of individuals cough may linger for up to three months. A different drug class, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), do not cause cough, even in those patients with a history of ACE inhibitor-induced cough.

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Cough Treatment

Did you know that not all coughs are created equal? Different types of cough require different diagnostic approaches and different cough treatments.  So, when it comes to cough treatment, there is no universal solution.

To be effective, cough treatment must target the specific cause(s) and trigger(s) of your unique cough.  Do not waste time and money and expose yourself to risks or side effects with the wrong cough treatment.

Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Doctor.  He understands the debilitating impact of Chronic Cough on living life to the fullest.  As a Chronic Cough specialist, he and the Center for Cough team offer people suffering with Chronic Cough a comprehensive diagnostic and cough treatment approach.  At Center for Cough, Dr. Sher balances innovation with evidence-based medicine.  All his services are recognized by Medicare and other major insurance companies and are covered medical services.  Contact Dr. Mandel Sher if you or someone you know has a cough that won’t go away:  727-393-8067. 

Chronic Cough is a complex medical condition with multiple contributing factors.  Cough treatment for Chronic Cough involves medical detective work upfront to establish an individualized profile of your unique cough.  Then, a choreography of prescription and over-the-counter medications and voice exercises and therapy can begin.

A common cause of Chronic Cough is an overly sensitive cough mechanism that is easily irritated to produce cough.  This syndrome is called “hypersensitive cough reflex” in the medical literature.  The cough reflex has three components: neurogenic, inflammatory, and behavioral. Generally, medication aimed at cooling down the cough reflex is part of the cough treatment plan.

The importance of beginning with a precise diagnosis of the cause(s) and trigger(s) of your cough cannot be overstated.  A sequential, trial and error approach to cough treatment is often ineffective, wastes time and money, and includes unnecessary risks and side effects of the medication.  A comprehensive cough treatment approach expedites relief from cough and is based on each unique patient’s situation.

 

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Chronic Cough and Triggers

Our body’s cough mechanism is stimulated by irritants that produce cough.  These irritants are also known as Chronic Cough and its triggers.  Upon learning about Chronic Cough and Triggers, a Center for Cough patient declared, “I’m trigger happy.”

Dr. Sher and Center for Cough team identify the precise Chronic Cough cause and Chronic Cough triggers.  Each person has a unique cough profile.  Understanding your cough profile is the first and most important step toward effective cough treatment.  Chronic Cough can be triggered by a variety of medical conditions.  Below are the  most common Chronic Cough triggers.

Persistent cough that does not go away can be an indication of an underlying serious medical problem. Only precise diagnosis of your cough’s cause and its triggers can reveal if cough is a symptom or if cough is THE problem.

If you or someone you know has Chronic Cough, contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough.  A comprehensive cough diagnostic approach and cough treatment plan is the first step toward measurable and lasting cough relief.  Please call:  727-393-8067.

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What’s Making Me Cough?

Sequence of Actions in the Cough Reflex Pathway Resulting in Cough

The chronic cougher tends to have an increased urge to cough. It can be described as a tickle in the back of the throat. Sometimes it can be a feeling that something is stuck there. Often, there is a feeling of post nasal drip, but rarely any is produced. A hypersensitive or heightened cough reflex requires less stimuli, such as nasal secretions, airborne irritants, acid or gastroesophageal reflux, to trigger a chronic cough. What creates these feelings?

  • Cough receptors in the upper airway (nose), larynx (voice box), lung, and esophagus are activated by direct irritation such as throat infection, post nasal drip or gastric acid (which has contact with the receptors in the larynx/voice box)
  • The receptors send a signal to the cough center in the lower brain area
  • The cough center then decides if there is enough stimulus to set off a cough
  • The cough center becomes hyperactive by repeated stimulation from the peripheral cough receptors
  • The cough center is also influenced by higher brain function which can result in a voluntary and habit cough
  • Stimulation of the upper airway, esophagus, and lung can heighten or sensitize the cough reflex without actually triggering off a cough. For example, acid or even food entering the esophagus from the stomach can send signals to the cough center to become more sensitive or irritable. Allergic nasal symptoms also send signals to the cough center and increase sensitivity.