World Voice Day: Vocal Health & Your Cough

Chronic Cough and Vocal Health Go Hand-In-Hand

World Voice Day is celebrated annually and globally on April 16th.  This year, 50 countries participated in this worldwide celebration!  Since 2002, World Voice Day recognizes the importance and power of vocal health in our daily lives.  The 2018 theme is “Make a Choice to Cherish Your Voice.”

Chronic Cough often produces hoarseness and adversely affects vocal health.  Voice exercises and vocal chord therapy are important steps to restore good vocal health and chronic cough relief. 

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team appreciate the vital role of vocal health in their integrated approach to chronic cough treatment, relief, and resolution.  Dr. Mandel Sher:  World-class Cough Doctor close to home: 727-393-8067. 

Sometimes, we don’t stop to think about the adverse impact of lifestyle habits (such as smoking), shouting, coughing, and poor voice technique on vocal health and our overall well being.  World Voice Day reminds us to take stock of our vocal health, and take action to improve or maintain good voice habits.  Good vocal health considers: preventing voice issues, maintaining vocal health, voice training, and rehabilitating voices are damaged.

Vocal chord and voice therapy exercises  related to chronic cough are generally simple, quick, and can be done throughout the day in the privacy of your home or office.  Dr. Sher and Center for Cough are grateful for the excellent care their professional voice colleagues offer their cough patients.

Chronic Cough is a common but often misdiagnosed and under-treated medical condition.  Sometimes, a persistent cough is a sign of a serious underlying problem.  Other times, a lingering cough IS THE problem.  Chronic cough is debilitating, disruptive, worrisome, and embarrassing.

Dr. Mandel Sher will offer an integrated approach to treating your cough and producing an effective and sustainable solution.  Why wait for relief?  A trial and error approach wastes time and money and exposes you to needless side effects. 

Get it right from the start…See a dedicated Cough Specialist:  Dr. Mandel Sher: 727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com.

Even Cough Takes a Vacation: Dr. Sher Hits the Trails…

Dr. Sher sets-out hiking again. He’ll surely ask Coughing hikers on the trails about their experiences.

Even cough takes a vacation.  Dr. Sher and his family are hitting the trails this weekend.  They are headed for a sunny, dusty, and windy destination.  Wherever he wanders, Dr. Mandel Sher is always curious about the impact of weather conditions, altitude, blooming seasons of trees and grass, and vacation-eating on tickle in the back of the throat, urge to cough, and cough.  Dr. Mandel Sher will be back in the office on Monday, April 16th ready to share his adventures with you.  Until then, Happy Trails to You!

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough: Cough Specialist: 727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com

Cough Syncope: Fainting as a Result of Cough Episode

Cough Syncope describes momentary loss of consciousness directly and immediately associated with a coughing episode.  Syncope is more commonly referred to as fainting.  Fainting episodes can be dangerous. The good news is that Cough Syncope will be eliminated if cough is eliminated. 

 Cough is a common symptom of many different medical conditions.  Chronic Cough is a distinct medical condition that can result in syncope.  It is vitally important that your cough be thoroughly evaluated by a Cough Expert in order to begin cough treatment targeting your specific underlying medical condition. 

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team are dedicated Cough Specialists who will relieve or resolve your cough. Contact Dr. Sher: 727-393-8067. 

Cough Syncope was first described in 1876 as “laryngeal vertigo.”  Sometimes, Cough Syncope is mistakenly worked-up as a seizure and a diagnosis of epilepsy is considered.  Therefore, reporting of fainting episodes resulting from coughing may be understated and actually may be common.

Men suffering with Chronic Cough are more likely to experience violent coughing episodes that result in syncope. 

Fainting episodes are generally not predictable and, therefore, can be dangerous.  Until cough is controlled, it is recommended that you avoid activities that may compromise your or others health and safety if a fainting episode unexpectedly occurs, e.g. driving and operating machinery.

Dr. Mandel Sher formally established Center for Cough in 2009 with a dedicated focus on persons suffering with Chronic Cough, also known as Persistent Cough or Hypersensitive Cough Reflex.  Sometimes, Chronic Cough is an indication of an underlying medical condition. Sometimes, unexplained chronic cough is the problem – for these patients, Dr. Mandel Sher and the Center for Cough team serve as medical detectives.  Listening to each patient’s narrative and reviewing medical history (especially previous cough workups and therapies) are cornerstones of Dr. Sher’s approach.

 All Center for Cough’s services are traditional, evidence-based medicine consistent with current clinical guidelines.  All Center for Cough’s services are a covered benefit of Medicare, commercial insurance, and other governmental programs. 

Dr. Mandel Sher’s innovative and effective approach to remarkable and sustainable cough relief and resolution is based on how the Center for Cough team assembles the pieces of the cough puzzle. Contact Dr. Mandel Sher:  727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com.

In addition to caring for people with chronic cough, Dr. Sher is a Clinical Research Investigator who is working with global scientists and researchers to evaluate cough drugs to offer Center for Cough patients a treatment option that is not yet available to the general public.  Dr. Sher is also a frequent guest speaker at national and global professional society meetings.

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Carolinas in His Mind: Dr. Mandel Sher Speaks at Professional Societies Meeting

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People with chronic cough living throughout the southeast and specifically in the Carolinas, come to see Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough’s conveniently located west coast central Florida location.

As Mr. James Taylor wrote and sang “Carolina in My Mind,” so hummed Dr. Mandel Sher as he traveled within the southeast – home to many of Center for Cough’s patients.  Dr. Sher was a featured speaker at the first annual joint meeting of the Allergy Asthma & Immunology Societies of North and South Carolina held in Charleston, South Carolina from March 23 to March 25, 2018.  Center for Cough’s patients live throughout the southeast and people with chronic cough come to see Dr. Sher at Center for Cough’s southeast location on the west coast of central Florida.  Dr. Sher was honored that his allergy asthma & immunology colleagues invited him to speak on the new paradigms in evaluating and treating Chronic Cough.  In addition to the educational programs, Dr. Sher enjoyed catching-up with colleagues and their families, and enjoying the hospitality of beautiful Charleston.  Thank You to both Allergy Asthma & Immunology Societies for this opportunity.

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough: 727-393-8067  if you or a loved one have been coughing for weeks and weeks on-end.  Cough that doesn’t go away may be an indication of a serious underlying medical condition or it may be that an annoying cough that serves no purpose is THE problem.  Chronic cough has debilitating physical, mental, professional, and personal consequences resulting in worry, embarrassment, fatigue, hoarseness, social isolation and more.

Dr. Mandel Sher thinks like a medical detective.  He applies traditional, evidence-based medicine in new ways to treat the cause of chronic cough as well as the triggers.  All of Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough’s services are eligible for Medicare, other governmental, and commercial insurance benefits. 

Dr. Mandel Sher is a cough expert bringing world-class cough evaluation and treatment to the southeastern region of the United States. Dr. Sher earned his medical education and training at many of the country’s finest medical institutions including:  Northwestern, Duke, Harvard, and the University of Michigan.  He has a distinguished track record in evaluating and treating people with chronic medical conditions.  Dr. Sher and the Center for Cough team’s successful approach is based in listening to each patient’s unique story and recommending a comprehensive and integrated treatment approach.

Dr. Sher is helping people suffering with chronic cough to achieve remarkable cough relief and resolution even when they have been coughing for years, seen other doctors, and failed previous cough therapies.  As a part of advancing the understanding and treatment approach to people with chronic cough, Dr. Mandel Sher is a frequent guest speaker at national and global professional society meetings, is a contributing author to the medical literature, leads clinical research trials for new cough drugs in collaboration with scientists and researchers, and is a tireless advocate who never gives-up on helping people with chronic cough achieve relief or resolution.

Chronic Bronchitis & Chronic Cough: Different Underlying Conditions & Treatments

Chronic Cough may have been mistakenly diagnosed as Chronic Bronchitis.

In an earlier post, an overview of bronchitis was presented.  This post focuses on Chronic Bronchitis and addresses why it and Chronic Cough may often be confused.  Chronic Bronchitis & Chronic Cough have different underlying conditions and treatments.  Unexplained chronic cough is less familiar within the medical community and among the general public resulting in chronic cough being mistakenly diagnosed & treated as chronic bronchitis.

Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough and Dr. Sher’s cough colleagues around the globe are working tirelessly to increase awareness for Chronic Cough diagnosis & treatment.  Contact Dr. Mandel Sher, Cough Expert:  727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com.

In both, a cough can persist for many months.  A chronic cough condition usually produces a dry, nagging cough while cough associated with chronic bronchitis is often productive meaning it produces phlegm or mucus.

People suffering with unexplained chronic cough are generally predisposed or hard-wired to cough.  In these people, cough has no other function and serves no other purpose – it is simply annoying and embarrassing with physical and social consequences. Super sensitive nerve endings at the back of the throat that are easily irritated or triggered by allergens, such as post nasal drip, reflux, and certain medications, to produce cough.

Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand,  often results from viral infections and sometimes bacteria.  Cough associated with chronic bronchitis is often triggered by cigarette smoking and exposure to lung irritants.  Chronic bronchitis can eventually clear-up only to return year-after-year.  A Mayo Clinic report states, “chronic bronchitis is defined as a productive cough that lasts at least three months, with recurring bouts occurring for at least two consecutive years.”

If you have been diagnosed and treated for chronic bronchitis but are still coughing, then you may have been misdiagnosed.  Instead of chronic bronchitis, you may have chronic cough.  

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough to be accurately evaluated and effective treated to achieve sustainable cough relief or resolution:  727-383-8067.  Dr. Mandel Sher is one of the nation’s leading Cough experts.  In addition to focusing on patients with cough, Dr. Sher is a frequent guest lecturer at national and global professional society meetings, and collaborates with scientists and researchers to develop new cough drugs.  Dr. Sher will help you achieve a cough solution even if you have failed previous cough therapies.

 

Allergic Cough: Allergies May Be Triggering Your Cough

People Who Suffer with Chronic Cough May Aggravate Their Cough by Allergies

What is allergic cough?  Allergic cough refers to cough associated with allergies.  It generally occurs when the person suffering with allergies is already a “cougher” or someone who is hard-wired to cough.  Allergies are very effective irritants that may be triggering your cough.  Chronic Cough is usually a response to irritation.

Seasonal and year-round, indoor and outdoor, allergies may be the underlying condition triggering your cough IF you are hard-wired to cough. 

Constant allergic coughing is uncomfortable, disruptive and annoying to you and those around you.  In addition to producing cough in people who are already “coughers” or hard-wired to cough, an allergic response can be serious, and in some cases, even life threatening.

If you are coughing and believe it may be associated with allergies, it is your best interest to be evaluated by an Allergy and Asthma specialist rather than to self-medicate symptoms.

Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Doctor and the only Allergy, Asthma, Sinus, and Immunology Specialist selected by his peers as “Best Doctor” in Pinellas County. Contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough for a cough solution:  727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com.

Bronchitis & Chronic Cough: Similar Symptoms but Different Conditions with Different Treatments

Hmmm…is it bronchitis or Chronic Cough?

Is it Bronchitis or Chronic Cough? Some Similar Symptoms but Very Different Conditions with Different Treatment.

Bronchitis is common; so is Chronic Cough.  Because of some similar symptoms and the medical community’s and public’s awareness of bronchitis, people with Chronic Cough are sometimes misdiagnosed, incorrectly treated, and frustrated by a cough that won’t go away.  Like cough, bronchitis can be acute usually caused by viruses, or chronic usually caused by environmental factors such as cigarette smoke or air pollution.  Bronchitis & Chronic Cough have similar symptoms but are different conditions with different treatments.   

Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Doctor. He accurately evaluates the reason for your cough and recommends treatment customized to you. Dr. Sher and Center for Cough deliver effective cough solutions that achieve sustainable cough relief.  Call today:  727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com.

Cough and fatigue are common to both.  Bronchitis is the inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes and usually producing mucus. Chronic Cough is the result of hypersensitive nerve endings at the back of the throat being irritated and usually producing dry cough.

If you or a loved one have a generally dry, hacking cough for eight weeks or longer, then you may have Chronic Cough. 

Chronic Cough can be triggered by one factor or be multifactorial.  Common triggers are:  allergies, asthma, post nasal drip, medications, and reflux.  The cause is often “itchy” nerve endings at the back of the throat that are “scratched” by coughing.  Chronic Cough has debilitating consequences for personal relationships and professional performance.  People suffering with Chronic Cough often report feeling depression, embarrassment, social isolation, urinary incontinence, and an overall decline in the quality of daily life.  Why wait? – Evaluate.  Dr. Mandel Sher:  727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com. #breakcoughcycle, #achieverelief, #resolvecough

Be a Cough Success Story : Innovating, Educating, & Advocating for Cough

Be a Cough Success Story. Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team are so inspired by their Cough patients’ Success Stories and that energizes Dr. Sher to take to the road again.

Dr. Mandel Sher: Inspired & Energized by Center for Cough’s Patient Success Stories.

Dr. Mandel Sher is on the road again innovating, educating, advocating for Cough. Four days in four fabulous cities: Philadelphia, New York, Charleston, and Chicago. Dr. Sher is inspired by his Cough Patient Success Stories. As a Principal Investigator on Clinical Trials for Chronic Cough, also known as Persistent Cough, Dr. Sher is meeting with leading national and global doctors, researchers, and scientists to share information and observations as they work together to shape the future of Cough treatment and drugs. As a leading Cough Specialist in the United States, Dr. Sher will be addressing his physician colleagues on new paradigms in Chronic Cough evaluation and treatment. Exchanges among colleagues play a vital role in raising the medical community’s understanding of this under-diagnosed and under-treated common medical condition. Dr. Sher and Center for Cough team are thrilled with our many Cough Success Stories.

“Unexplained Persistent Cough” (in medical lingo) is often the conclusion of good doctors who have ruled-out serious underlying medical conditions such as lung cancer or COPD. Doctors often advise people with Chronic Cough to learn to live with it; BUT they should NOT – the consequences are too great.

Through Be a Cough Patient Success Story. Dr. Mandel Sher and his Cough colleagues consistent and continuous efforts, there is an EFFECTIVE and SUSTAINABLE COUGH SOLUTION. Dr. Mandel Sher: Cough Doctor: 727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com

People suffering with Chronic Cough experience debilitating consequences including: fatigue, hoarseness, urinary incontinence, embarrassment, anxiety, depression, and disruption of personal, professional, and social relationships.

Dr. Sher and Center for Cough team share their Cough patients’ delight with the REMARKABLE Cough RELIEF AND RESOLUTION they are achieving. Over 8 out of 10 Center for Cough patients demonstrate a measurable reduction in Cough frequency and report an overall vast improvement in quality of life. You or someone who you care about and are worried about their Cough that won’t go away can be one of our Cough Patient Success stories.

Please contact Dr. Mandel Sher & Center for Cough: 727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com.

Cough-Cough: Will Antibiotics Help?

Dr. Mandel Sher shares a guide to consider before asking your doctor for antibiotics.

Center for Cough’s telephones are ringing off the hook! So many people in St. Petersburg, Seminole, Largo, Clearwater, Belleair, and other areas nearby Center for Cough’s office location are sneezing, coughing, having runny nose or nasal congestion, and are feeling and looking miserable. Is there a role for antibiotics? New and established patients are asking how quickly they can have an appointment with Dr. Sher. They’re wondering if they have a long-lasting cold or viral infection that’s been spreading like wild fire, or the flu, or pollen and seasonal allergy now that our cars and outdoor furniture are covered with yellowish dust. And most of all, they want to “take something” to feel better asap. Patients suffering with cough, cold, or flu symptoms have often tried home remedies and are now wondering about antibiotics. “Cough, Cold or the Flu? Know When Antibiotics Work for You,” “Check This Guide Before Asking Your Doctor for Antibiotics,” by two Infectious Disease doctors at Montefiore Health System in New York City, recently appeared in U.S. News & World Report. (Click link on bottom to read article)

Antibiotics can be lifesaving drugs. Like any medication, antibiotics can have side effects. Antibiotics may be effective in fighting bacterial infection, but generally are not effective for viral infection.

Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Doctor: 727-393-8067.

He specializes in helping people who are suffering with persistent or chronic cough, generally defined as cough lasting 8 weeks or longer. Chronic cough may be an indication of a serious underlying medical condition. But very often, chronic cough is THE problem. It may be triggered by viral infection, cold, flu, or allergy, but the cause is something else. Sometimes referred to as “unexplained chronic or persistent cough,” there is an explanation, and there is a cough solution.

Dr. Mandel Sher is one of the nation’s leading Cough doctors. Dr. Sher and the Center for Cough team are helping people who are suffering with Chronic Cough to achieve remarkable and sustainable results.. World-class cough care and lasting cough solution are a telephone call away: 727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com.

“C” is for: Connectivity, Collaborative, Caring, Comprehensive,Chronic, & Cough

Dr.Mandel Sher’s Approach to Successful and Sustainable Chronic Cough Relief

People whose professional and personal lives have been compromised by Chronic Cough are achieving remarkable results with Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough.  More than 8 out of 10 Center for Cough patients are demonstrating measurable Cough reduction, Cough relief or resolution and an overall improvement in the quality of their lives.  To what do Dr. Sher’s patients and Dr. Sher attribute this successful and sustainable cough relief? “C” is for Dr. Sher’s Approach:  Connectivity, Collaborative, Caring, Comprehensive, Chronic, & Cough.

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher at 727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com

“Each patient is a snowflake.”- Dr. Mandel Sher

Dr. Sher and the Center for Cough team are active listeners.  They respect and appreciate each Cough patient’s unique story, and the value it contributes to evaluation, treatment, and Cough relief.

“He really understands ME.”

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team are a leading center in the United States for people suffering with a Persistent Cough, also commonly known as Chronic Cough.  How the puzzle pieces fit together varies, but there is consistency among some of the pieces that form Chronic Cough themes.  Dr. Sher gets it.  He understands the debilitating professional, personal, and social consequences of Persistent Cough:  hoarseness, coughing “fits,” fatigue, urinary incontinence, social isolation, anxiety, and depression.  Dr. Sher and Center for Cough team have an emotional connection with Cough patients.

“We never give up.” – Dr. Mandel Sher

Dr. Sher is your partner in resolving your cough, and happily collaborates with other doctors who are involved in your overall health and well being.    Comprehensive and simultaneous treatment, rather than trial and error, produces rapid relief from the exhausting Cough cycle.  All of these factors describe Dr. Mandel Sher’s engaging approach leads Cough patients to be motivated to finally get-rid-of Chronic Cough.  Dr. Sher conducts Cough related clinical trials at Center for Cough and is also able to offer clinical research studies as a treatment option.