“New Concepts in Chronic Cough” presented by Dr. Sher to his North Carolina colleagues was just the invitation he needed to return to beautiful North Carolina. Dr. Sher began his specialty training at Duke Health System in Durham, North Carolina, after graduating from Northwestern University’s medical school in Chicago, Illinois. The scientific and medical community’s understanding of Chronic Cough causes and treatments are evolving rapidly and it was Dr. Sher’s pleasure to share these new concepts.
Mandel Sher, MD, Medical Director of Center for Cough, spoke to the North Carolina Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society’s annual meeting on Saturday, February 6, 2016 on “New Concepts in Chronic Cough”. Dr. Sher is one of the nation’s leading investigators studying new scientific and clinical findings about the causes of Chronic Cough and effective cough treatments. These new concepts in Chronic Cough have the promise of expanding our understanding of this debilitating medical condition and treating it effectively.
Chronic cough affects 12 to 15% of the population and has debilitating consequences: Depression, Social Isolation, Fatigue, and Urinary Incontinence to name a few. Dr. Sher spoke about the current unmet need in cough treatment and the promising cough treatments in the future. Dr. Sher addressed the paradigm shift in the diagnostic and cough treatment approach to now focus on overly sensitive cough mechanism particularly in people who are hard-wired to cough.
“The hypersensitive cough reflex is the primary cause of chronic cough triggered by multiple factors including viral respiratory infections, allergies, asthma and acid reflux”, Dr Sher told the group of North Carolina allergists.”