Cough Reflex & Itch: Cough Scratches THROAT TICKLE

Cough Reflex & Itch are first-cousins that behave similarly. Let’s break this family tree down.  If you first see a red patch on your arm, then your brain tells you to scratch it.  If you feel a Tickle in throat, then your brain tell you to scratch it by Coughing.  These two actions of first seeing or feeling and then scratching happen quickly and closely to each other.  The Cough Reflex that produces Chronic Cough is much the same as the Itch and Scratch response.

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher to Relieve Chronic Cough: 727-393-8067. #throattickle

When the nerve endings at the back of your throat are super-sensitive (hypersensitive) either because you recently had a cold or virus or because you are “hard-wired” that way, then you feel a TICKLE in  throat.  When you feel a TICKLE, your brain tells you to Cough in order to scratch the THROAT TICKLE.  So, if you are aware of the TICKLE and  URGE TO COUGH, then you can relieve the Cough.

Some reflexes are vitally important to our health and safety.  For example, if you accidentally place a hand on a hot stove you automatically feel the burn and withdraw your hand.  Now think about how different your two hands will feel when you lightly blow on the skin.

When you blow on the hand that was not burned, it will probably feel nice.  But when you blow on the hand that was burned, it will probably feel stinging and sensitive.  This increased sensitivity  is how the nerve endings in the back of your throat feel after they have been triggered by a cold, virus, or other irritant.  TICKLE in throat and Cough are the body’s response to this sensitivity.

Cough Clinical Trials: The Importance of Data Collection, Analysis & Sharing

Have you ever participated or considered participating in a Clinical Trial for a Cough drug or therapy?  Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough is a national leader in conducting Clinical Research for Cough.  Volunteers for Cough Clinical Trials have a chance at improving their own Cough as well as helping to develop cough therapies in the future. Data collection, analysis & sharing are vitally important parts of the Clinical Research process.

Please contact Dr. Mandel Sher to learn about Cough Clinical Trials: 727-393-8067. #coughclinicaltrials

Clinical research is highly regulated and highly routinized to ensure apples-to-apples sameness among the different geographic sites participating in a Clinical Trial and to protect patient safety and privacy.  The same Clinical Trial for the same medical condition using the same protocol is offered for the same time period in different sites around the country.  These highly selected sites for Clinical Research meet specific criteria.  Data collection, analysis, & sharing  sharing are part of the responsibility of Clinical Trials sites and paramount to the important role that Clinical Research plays in bringing new drugs and therapies to market.  The precision and completeness of collected data is key to data analysis, findings, and conclusions.

Clinical Research is a collaborative effort among Investigators.  As a Principal Investigator for Cough Clinical Trials, Dr. Mandel Sher is often invited to investigator meetings where preliminary results from all clinical trial sites are  shared.   

Please call Carol, Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough’s Clinical Research Nurse, to find out about current and upcoming Cough Clinical Trials:  727-210-3259.

Lesson Learned from My Father-In-Law: Trust, Faith, and Confidence

Trust, Faith, & Confidence in Dr. Mandel Sher

“Dad,” also affectionately known as “Woody”by his many adoring friends, is  my 91+ year-old father-in-law.  Woody, who lives in New York, traveled down here alone to escape the cold and enjoy our family in the warm sunshine.  Woody is an American hero and one of my heroes.  He is a member of the Greatest Generation.  He served this nation proudly as a U.S. Navy Corpsman attached to a Marine-division in the Pacific area during World War II.  Dad’s military service is one of his proudest chapters and he recalls fondly his fellow men who served alongside him and the trust, faith, and confidence they had to have in each other.  After Dad’s return home, he served our nation as a U.S. Postal Service mailman who carried a heavy mailbag, walked the beat of residential routes in Brooklyn, and knocked-on doors to hand-deliver a letter that looked like a college acceptance or first-time driver license.  He lived through the great Depression.  Through it all, Dad persevered and has a cheerful and positive disposition.  Here’s a lesson learned from my father-in-law and hero during a recent conversation about his health and his doctors back home:

“It’s all about trust.  If I have faith and confidence in my doctor, then I do what he tells me.” – Woody

Simple.  Lesson learned from my father-in-law and hero:  Trust, faith, and confidence are the essential ingredients to the doctor-patient relationship, patient compliance with recommendations, and very often – success.

Around the kitchen table, Dad told me about all the people back home he knows who are Coughing all the time and making such a racket that it’s sometimes hard for him to hear what’s going on.  He asked thoughtful questions  about Who has Persistent Cough,  Why they Cough, How Cough affects people, What I do to help, and the Results.  He also wanted to know more about the Clinical Research for new Cough drugs that I lead, and my teaching and training of other doctors across the country ato raise awareness about this under-diagnosed and under-treated medical condition.  During my explanation, Dad’s eyes’ glazed-over.  I spoke louder and asked:

“Dad, are you listening?”

Dad said, “I heard enough.  I heard all I need to hear to know you are the man I would see if I had this kind of a Cough.  I could tell you know what you’re doing.  I would trust you and have faith and confidence in you to make me and my Cough better.” 

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher: 727-393-8067. www.centerforcough. #chroniccoughsolution

The Importance of Being Resolute: Make 2018 Your Time to Finally Change Your COUGH

Be Resolved to Make 2018 the Year Dr. Mandel Sher FINALLY Solves Your Chronic Cough.

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right,” said Oprah Winfrey.  Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  Did you know that 40 percent of Americans do? Did you also know that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, and Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group (including Virgin Atlantic Airline), are among the many wildly successful people who make resolutions?  A New Year gives each of us an uncommon jolt of energy to make changes that we believe may improve our lives or accomplish a personal goal.  Be resolute!  Determined. Purposeful. Steadfast. Tenacious. Firm…The importance of being resolute:  Make 2018 your time to finally change your COUGH!  We’re only a few days into the New Year, and if you haven’t already made a resolution that this will be THE year you FINALLY get rid of your Chronic Cough, then make it now.  Resolve to change that Persistent Cough that serves no other purpose other than to annoy, embarrass, exhaust, worry, and isolate you.

  • Write-down your resolutions and share them with those nearest and dearest to you.  Resolution # 1:  Solve the Mystery of My Chronic Cough and Get Rid of It Once and For All So I Can Engage & Enjoy Life Fully!
  • Make the goal specific, achievable, and measurable.  Example:  On Monday, call to make an appointment with Dr. Mandel Sher, Cough Specialist, and schedule the appointment within 30 days. 
  • Cross each goal off your list as it is achieved and set a new goal. Example:  Follow Dr. Sher’s instructions completely.  Take medications, do voice exercises, be aware of food and drink choices I make, and more.  It can be difficult to resist temptations and distractions and stay the treatment course, BUT, be vigilant and compliant and in a very short time you will experience remarkable results with reduction in Cough Frequency and Cough Intensity.  
  • Kickstart ChangeA Chronic Cough condition is habit-forming.  It’s tough to break habits.  And it’s particularly hard to break old, bad habits.  START!  Be Resolute!  Be Resolved to Improve Your Life and Accomplish This Goal!  Make 2018 Your Time!

Cough that doesn’t go away may be an indication of a serious medical condition.  Sometimes, a Cough generally lasting 8 weeks or longer, is a Chronic Cough that very likely will NOT go away by itself with time alone.  You Need an Intervention!

Dr. Mandel Sher is one of the nation’s leading Cough experts.  He is a Cough doctor, Clinical Research Investigator for new Cough drugs, Educator and Trainer of other doctors, and Cough Advocates.

The results he is helping Cough patients to achieve are STUNNING!  Over 8 out of 10 Cough patients demonstrate a measurable decrease in Cough frequency and report a vast improvement in overall quality of life.

Dr. Mandel Sher WILL help you achieve a Cough SOLUTION!  Contact Dr. Sher at Center for Cough:  727-393-8067. www.centerforcough. #chroniccoughsolution

Resolution # 1: Get Rid of My Chronic Cough, FINALLY!

…Make 2018 the Year You Finally Get Rid of Your Chronic Cough

Be Resolute about keeping your New Year’s resolution.  You’ve been coughing for a long time.  Your loved ones are worried and so are you.  New Year; new beginnings.  Resolution #1:  Get Rid of My Chronic Cough, FINALLY!

World-class cough care is in your neighborhood.  Start Today:  Contact Dr. Mandel Sher:  727-393-8067.  www.centerforcough

Happy Holidays!

Happening NOW: Seems Like Everyone in Tampa Bay Area is Sick

Seems Everyone in Tampa Bay is Sick: Is it Allergies, Cold, or Cough?

Seems like everyone in Tampa Bay area is sick now.  Cold, Flu, Cough – oh no!  According to an app,”Sickweather,” there is lots of respiratory illness in Tampa Bay area now.   “Sickweather” tracks illnesses, compares symptoms, and sees which viruses are going around in an area.  According to the developers of Sickweather, “Just as Doppler radar scans the skies for indicators of bad weather, Sickweather scans social networks for indicators of illness, allowing you to check for the chance of sickness as easily as you can check for the chance of rain.”

But maybe you’re not sick.  Maybe your symptoms are related to a Chronic condition.  Chronic and Acute Conditions (like cold and flu virus) can have similar symptoms, but they have different causes and need different treatment to be effective.  Don’t let a Cough or Runny Nose ruin another holiday season.  Find out what’s causing your symptoms.  

Know What Condition You Have Before You Begin Treating.  Self-Medicating May be Mismatched for Your Ailment Resulting in Prolonged Illness, Medication Side Effects, and Wasted Money. 

Dr. Mandel Sher knows the difference.  Contact Dr. Sher:   727-393-8067.

How do you know if you have a cold, flu, allergies, or cough?  Knowing what you have is the first step toward effective treatment and a solution.  There are three factors that help differentiate which ailment you may be suffering from:

  1. Sudden or gradual onset
  2. Fever
  3. Body aches

Cold and allergies may have similar symptoms such as runny nose and watery eyes, but a cold is caused by a family of viruses while allergies are associated with the immune system.  Cold symptoms may be able to be managed, but the underlying Cold virus generally resolves effectively only with time.  Unlike a Cold, Allergies do not generally cause body aches or fever and may persist a while or follow a pattern.  Your Allergist can advise you on medications that will relieve the discomfort associated with allergies.  Flu is generally characterized by sudden onset, high fever, and body aches.  Similar to Colds, Flu is caused by virus and while supportive therapy helps relieve Flu symptoms, time is the best determination of resolution.

Cough associated with Cold or Flu is generally acute.  But an acute cough can become a Cough that lasts for eight weeks or longer, also known as a Chronic Cough.  Chronic Cough can be triggered by many respiratory and other factors such as: virus, residual post nasal drip, allergies, reflux, medications, and more.  But Chronic Cough is generally caused by hypersensitive nerve endings at the back of the throat that are easily irritated by triggers and produce Cough.  You may be Hard-Wired and Hot-Wired to Cough.  And Cough begets more Cough…

Dr. Mandel Sher will offer a solution for both the trigger(s) and cause of your Chronic Cough.  Chronic Cough is different than acute cough associated with virus and requires a different approach to treatment.  Contact Dr. Mandel Sher Today at Center for Cough:  727-393-8067.


Stop Throat Tickle, Reduce Urge to Cough, and Relieve Cough

Stop Throat Tickle, Reduce Urge to Cough, and Relieve Cough

Our friends “across the pond” published a simple to understand article on Chronic Cough.  The article emphasizes the important role of Throat Tickle and Urge to Cough in producing Cough.   It also includes helpful hints on Chronic Cough’s  management especially during the winter months.  Righto! (Learn more by clicking on link at bottom of page.)

The article supports Dr. Mandel Sher‘s mantra:  “Stop Throat Tickle, Reduce Urge to Cough, and Relieve Cough.”  Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team work with Cough patients to recognize the early warning signs of Throat Tickle and Urge to Cough, nip it in the bud, and avoid or minimize a Cough episode.  Call Center for Cough to learn how Dr. Sher WILL help you do the same:  727-393-8067. 

A tickly cough produces no mucus and can be difficult to shake.”

Sometimes, Cough is productive.  It is a defense mechanism that prevents foreign objects from entering the airway.  Cough can also be productive when Cough is associated with a cold or flu and mucus has to be coughed-up.

Chronic Cough is often associated with Throat Tickle and Urge to Cough.  Stop the Tickle, Reduce the Urge, and Relieve Cough.

Dry, nagging Cough that persists for a long time generally has no purpose, but it does have consequences:  Social isolation, Fatigue, Depression and Anxiety, Urinary Incontinence, Hoarseness, Disrupted Personal and Professional Relationships and more.  Chronic Cough is an Overarching Mood Buster! But, it Doesn’t Have to Be That Way.

The triggers that contribute to stimulating or exaggerating the tickle and cough response include:  dust, allergies, air pollution, smoke, and cold air.  Here are some DIY tips on managing the Throat Tickle and Urge to Cough:

  • Silence is Golden:  A Tickly Cough stresses your throat and vocal chords.  So, give it a rest!  Minimize talking.
  • Scarf to Look Good and Cough Less:  Cover Your Mouth with a Scarf to warm-up the air you breathe.   Breathing warm air reduces your Urge to Cough.
  • Herbal Tea:  Lubricates and soothes a dry throat.
  • Gargle:  Warm water reduces throat inflammation and Urge to Cough.
  • Hydrate:  Sip, sip, sip…Don’t let your throat become dry.  A lubricated throat reduces throat itch and reduces Throat Tickle and the Urge to Cough.
  • Sweeten Tea:  Sweetening your tea with honey coats your throat, reduces throat irritation, and relieves Cough.
  • Lozenges:  Treat your throat to hard, sweet, and lubricating lozenges.

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher WILL Help You Relieve Your Cough:  727-393-8067.  #stopticklereduceurgerelievecough


Cough Lessons Learned: Thanksgiving’s Tasty Temptations are Tomorrow’s Cough

Ahhh…Thanksgiving was so nice.  You feel fine, but are Coughing.  You are prone to heartburn and maybe occasionally have some reflux.  Now you feel a Tickle in the Back of Your Throat, have an Urge to Cough, and are producing a Dry, Hacking Cough.  Why did Thanksgiving’s tasty temptations turn-into this week’s Chronic Cough?

Family traditions often involve lots of food, drink, and lively conversation around the table.  All the yummy gastronomic temptations and energetic catch-up with family and friends can distract us from realizing how much and how quickly we’re shoveling goodies into our mouths.  And now, that wonderful holiday meal and gathering that went down so nicely has triggered a nagging, dry Cough.  With Thanksgiving 2017 behind us, and the winter holidays  around the corner, what are the lessons learned for your Cough and managing temptations during celebrations?

WHAT you eat and drink.  HOW MUCH you eat and drink.  HOW QUICKLY you eat and drink.  WHAT you WEAR.  ACTIVITY after the meal…  ALL May Trigger REFLUX. 

REFLUX may TRIGGER Chronic Cough – But There May Also be an Underlying CAUSE.   Dr. Mandel Sher Relieves Persistent Cough by Treating Trigger(s) and Cause.  Call Dr. Sher Today:  727-393-8067.  Read what Center for Cough’s patients have to say in Patient Success stories. 

Lesson learned from Thanksgiving:  Be MINDFUL about food choices, portion control, pace, clothing, and activity:

  • Rich foods, fatty foods, spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol are Reflux triggers;
  • Portion control really matters for your waistline and your Cough;
  • Slow Down!  Eating and drinking too much too quickly begets over indulging
  • Tight, fitted clothing is uncomfortable and can be a reflux trigger; and
  • Lying-down on the couch to enjoy the football game on t.v. promotes the acid from your stomach to flow up-into your throat and produce Cough.

Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Specialist.  He and the Center for Cough team are helping people suffering with Chronic Cough to achieve Remarkable  and Sustainable Cough Relief and Overall Improvement in Quality of Daily Life. 

Call us today to see how we will help you:  727-393-8067.

The Villages: Chronic Cough Can Get In The Way of Active Lifestyle

A day in the life of a person suffering with Chronic Cough in The Villages – “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.”  It can be frustrating!  The Villages is a premier active adult 55+ community in beautiful Sumter County.  Fun, Full, and Fabulous describes life at The Villages:  Recreation, Entertainment, Shopping and Dining, Social Club, Health and Fitness and so many more wonderful lifestyle opportunities.

Chronic Cough Can Get In the Way of Fully Enjoying Life at The Villages.

Dr. Mandel Sher, one of the nation’s leading Chronic Cough specialists and the only dedicated Chronic Cough specialist in the Southeast, is an easy 90-minute highway drive, from The Villages.  Dr. Sher and the Center for Cough team have the pleasure of knowing and treating residents of The Villages  who suffer with a Chronic Cough.  In fact, several of Dr. Sher’s Cough patients from The Villages are participating in the Clinical Research studies for new Cough drugs that Dr. Sher and his team are leading.

Life is so full and enjoyable at The Villages.  Dr. Mandel Sher’s Cough patients realize that Fun and Fulfilling Social Engagement Opportunities are a Terrible Thing to Waste Due to a Persistent Cough.

Dr. Sher WILL Resolve Your Chronic Cough.  You Should Not Settle for Learning  to Live With Persistent Cough.  Dr. Sher’s Cough Patients are Achieving REMARKABLE RESULTS: Over 8 out of 10 patients demonstrate a MEASURABLE Decrease in Cough Frequency and Intensity and report an OVERALL VAST IMPROVEMENT IN THE QUALITY OF DAILY LIFE.

Residents of The Villages with Chronic Cough are motivated to see Dr. Mandel Sher because their Persistent Cough gets in the way of them fully engaging and enjoying the amazing opportunities at The Villages.  Dr. Sher and the Center for Cough team appreciate the debilitating social and physical consequences of Chronic Cough that generally affect people suffering with this chronic medical condition:

  • Annoying to the person coughing & those around
  • Embarrassing
  • Stressful
  • Fatigue
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Overall Mood Buster

Persistent Cough, one that lasts approximately 8 weeks or longer, is not normal.  It may be a sign of a serious, underlying medical condition or it may simply be an unexplained Chronic Cough.  Don’t Delay Evaluation.

Dr. Mandel Sher is a renown Chronic Cough Specialist who brings world-class Cough care close to home.  People suffering with Persistent Cough come to see Dr. Sher and the Center for Cough team from the Tampa Bay region and the State of Florida, as well as from further destinations such as Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Canada, and the Virgin Islands.

Please Contact Dr. Mandel Sher.  Find Out How He and Center for Cough team will Help You and Your Chronic Cough:  727-393-8067.