Red Tide: Unexpected Guest at Dr. Mandel Sher’s Daughter’s Wedding Weekend


Red Tide was an unexpected guest at Dr. Mandel Sher’s daughter’s wedding weekend.  Sometimes there’s no odor & no dead fish on shore.  Red Tide can be invisible and suddenly sneak-up on you when the wind conditions shift.  Dr. Mandel Sher and his daughter’s wedding guests experienced this firsthand on Friday, October 26th, 2018 as the rehearsal dinner began.  Months of planning, but Red Tide was an unexpected guest.  Gusty winds produced by passing tropical weather seemed to stir-up the Red Tide in the Gulf of Mexico along St. Pete Beach.

The Red Tide irritative Cough sound, funny feeling in chest and throat,  and burning eye sensation was almost immediate upon guests arriving at the beach location.  Dr. Mandel Sher took it upon himself to explain to affected guests that the Cough, burning throat, and irritated eyes were very likely not the result of something viral and contagious, but rather the result of Red Tide.  To folks from New York, Pennsylvania, California, and other destinations, Red Tide is a foreign phenomenon, and Dr. Sher wanted to relieve guests of undue concern.   

Generally, Red Tide produces uncomfortable, annoying, and short-lived consequences.  For persons with pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as Chronic Cough, Red Tide can have more serious consequences.

Effective remedies for Red Tide include:  avoiding affected geographic areas by remaining inside with windows and doors shut; sipping fluids; and sucking on a moisturizing throat and Cough lozenge. 

So, Dr. Mandel Sher and Mindy and Jacob’s wedding guests might now say they were treated to an authentic coastal Florida experience.  Thankfully, the wedding weekend went on to be beautiful blue skies and bright sunshine inside and out.

Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Specialist.  He takes care of Cough patients, leads Clinical Research Trials on Cough therapies, and is a frequent contributor to the medical community’s understanding of Chronic Cough.

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher: 727-393-8067,

At Center for Cough, Dr. Mandel Sher offers patients an innovative and integrated approach toward conquering Chronic Cough.  Dr. Mandel Sher’s approach is anchored in traditional medicine.  In fact, all of Dr. Mandel Sher’s services are covered by Medicare and commercial insurance.  The innovation comes from how Dr. Sher puts the pieces of the puzzle together and uses diet, voice exercises, breathing techniques, and medications to help patients achieve Cough resolution.

Many doctors take care of persons with Cough; Dr. Mandel Sher focuses on persons who are suffering with a Chronic Cough for 8 weeks or longer.  Many of these persons have seen other doctors and tried but failed cough therapies.  Dr. Mandel Sher has helped over 85 percent of patients who have been suffering with Cough for months, years, or decades achieve relief.


Emotionally Intelligent, Artificial Intelligence Tool Offers Cough Drop

Amazon’s Alexa May Soon Hear You Coffer and Offer to Order Cough Drops for Delivery Within the Hour

Have you seen the movie, “Her,” starring Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix?  The movie addresses a human-computer love affair.  Far fetched?  Maybe not.  Emotionally intelligent, artificial intelligence tools are being introduced into health care.  Many believe it will transform who delivers health care and how it is delivered.  Algorithms, machine-based learning, privacy, and security are words we frequently hear associated with artificial intelligence tools  in health care.

CNet, a leading reviewer of technology products, featured: “Got the sniffles? Alexa may notice someday — and offer cough drops”  The article addresses the ongoing work to make virtual assistants more emotionally intelligent and in sync with a person’s physical and mental state.  The article states that Amazon was recently awarded a patent for making  it’s virtual assistant, Alexa,  more in-tune with a person’s physical and mental state.  “In an example in the patent filing, a user tells Alexa:

“I’m hungry,” while coughing and sniffling. Determining the user may have a sore throat, Alexa asks the user if she would like a recipe for chicken soup. She declines. Alexa follows up by asking “Would you like to order cough drops with one-hour delivery?” The woman responds: “That would be awesome!” (emphasis added)”

Artificial intelligence tools in health care present many opportunities and many challenges.  In the meantime, Dr. Mandel Sher, a nationally renown Cough Expert, is the real deal, ready to help you resolve your Cough.  Dr. Sher and his patients suffering with Chronic Cough have demonstrated remarkable results through the Center for Cough’s innovative and integrated approach.  When it comes to diagnosing the underlying cause of cough in order to execute a targeted treatment plan that will be effective specifically for that cause, there is no substitute for being seen by an expert. So, ask yourself, why talk with a computer when you can talk with Dr. Mandel Sher?

Amazon’s Alexa may soon hear you Cough and ask if you would like cough drops delivered in one hour.

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough: 727-393-8067



Congratulations Dr. Mandel Sher: Internationally-Renowned Cough Experts Appointed to Clinical Advisory Board

Congratulations to Dr. Mandel Sher and four of his esteemed Cough scientific and clinical colleagues  from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and San Francisco on their appointment to a 5-person Clinical Advisory Board of BELLUS Health.  BELLUS Health recognizes this 5-person team as internationally-renowned Cough experts.  BELLUS Health is a biopharmaceuitcal company developing novel therapies for conditions with high unmet medical need including Chronic Cough.  Dr. Mandel Sher and his Cough colleagues’ role on the Clinical Advisory Board is to provide strategic guidance and support to the development of BELLUS Health’s lead drug for Chronic Cough.  Dr. Jaclyn Smith is Chair of the Clinical Advisory Board.  The first meeting was held on September 24, 2018 in London.

“We are thrilled to welcome this team of highly respected clinician leaders whose work has deeply influenced the treatment and management of chronic cough,” said Dr. Denis Garceau, Senior Vice President, Drug Development of BELLUS Health. “Their background and expertise will be invaluable to the clinical development of our lead drug candidate BLU-5937 as we prepare for a Phase 2 study, expected to be initiated in 2019. In addition to helping BELLUS Health navigate the regulatory aspects of drug development, this team of accomplished scientific and clinical experts will help guide our goal of bringing this potential best-in-class therapeutic for chronic cough to patients.”

Dr. Mandel Sher, Founder of Center for Cough: 727-393-8067.

Dr. Mandel Sher, 1 of 5, Internationally-Renown Cough Experts Appointed to Clinical Advisory Board

The Clinical Advisory Board members are:

  • Dr. Jaclyn Smith, MB, ChB, FRCP, PhD, Chair of the CAB, is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom and an Honorary Consultant at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. She leads a multi-disciplinary research team whose focus is on understanding mechanisms underlying pathological cough and runs a regional clinical service for patients with refractory chronic cough. Dr. Smith is also the Director of the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility. In collaboration with Mr. Kevin McGuinness (Clinical engineer), she has developed a novel method for automated cough detection.
  • Dr. Alan Goldsobel, MD, is a practising allergist and immunologist, a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University Medical School. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and past president of the California Society of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Dr. Goldsobel is co-director of the Allergy and Asthma Clinical Research Center in San Jose, CA where he has served as principal investigator for clinical trials of many of the new therapeutic agents for chronic refractory cough. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters in allergy and asthma and his area of interest, cough.
  • Dr. Lorcan McGarvey, MD, FRCP, is a Consultant Respiratory Physician and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. His main programme of research has focused on the clinical and scientific aspects of acute and chronic cough. Dr. McGarvey has been a core contributor to the British Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society cough guidelines and serves on the American College of Chest Physicians Cough Guidelines Expert Committee.
  • Dr. Alyn Morice, MD, is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Head of Medicine, Hull York Medical School, University of Hull in the United Kingdom. He specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of cough and runs the Hull Cough Clinic, the first UK Cough Clinic which he established in 1989 and which has become the largest centre within Europe with an international pattern of referral. Professor Morice has led the European Respiratory Society and British Thoracic Society Taskforces on Cough. He also runs the Hull Respiratory Clinical Trials Unit specialising in the treatment of the airways diseases associated with cough.
  • Dr. Mandel Sher, MD, is a community-based clinician of pediatric and adult allergy, University of South Florida’s Clinical Professor and former Interim Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology of University of South Florida located at Johns Hopkins/All Children’s Hospital. With a unique sub-specialty in Refractory/ Recalcitrant/Idiopathic chronic cough, Dr. Sher established the Center for Cough in Florida in 2009, which combines existing evidence-based approaches with innovative therapeutic modalities to improve chronic cough patients’ clinical outcomes.

Chronic Cough has significant consequences for a person’s well-being and physical and mental health.  Chronic Cough can be effectively treated and resolved.

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher:  727-393-8067. 

Dr. Mandel Sher Saved a Stranger’s Life: Know CPR

Dr. Mandel Sher Saved a Stranger’s Life: Know CPR

Dr. Mandel Sher saved a stranger’s life.  The importance of knowing CPR and taking appropriate action in time of emergency cannot be overstated.  It started out like a regular Thursday evening at one of Dr. Sher’s favorite dinner restaurants.  That all changed when a manager of the restaurant asked Dr. Sher to help a non-responsive person who was lying on the ground, not breathing, and had a bluish-grey skin color.  The restaurant team had already called 911 but Dr. Sher determined the patient was in imminent danger.

Dr. Sher immediately began CPR and directed use of the restaurant’s defibrillator.  The victim gasped and resumed breathing.  By the time the emergency responders arrived, the person had come-to and was transported to a nearby hospital.    Thankfully, the grateful family and person reported to Dr. Sher the next day that all was well.     

Dr. Mandel Sher saved a stranger’s life.  While Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Doctor by day,  he emphasizes that each one of us can learn to determine when someone is in need of CPR and learn how to administer CPR.  Knowing CPR can make the difference between life and death.  Dr. Mandel Sher is grateful that the person is well and that he was there – prepared to assist.

Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Specialist.  Cough is a very common medical condition.  In fact, cough is the number one reason people visit a doctor.  But some coughs linger for weeks, months, or even years.  Sometimes, in spite of really good doctors who try their very best to resolve a persistent or chronic cough that does not have an underlying medical condition, those doctors and the cough treatments they try, fail and the person continues to cough.

Very often, persons with Chronic Cough are told to “learn to live with it.”  A persistent cough that lasts for around 8 weeks or longer is a serious problem that produces debilitating consequences for the person suffering with cough and their loved ones and colleagues around them. 

Chronic Cough is treatable and can be resolved. Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Specialist.  He is helping patients achieve REMARKABLE results even if they have seen many other doctors and failed other cough therapies.  Dr. Mandel Sher WILL help you. 

Call Center for Cough today:  727-393-8067.

Dr. Mandel Sher is a Chronic Cough Specialist.  In addition to helping persons with Chronic Cough relieve and resolve cough, Dr. Sher also conducts clinical trials for new cough treatments with scientists, researchers, and physician colleagues around the world, and is a frequent contributor to the medical community on evolving paradigms for diagnosing and treating Chronic Cough.

Jarring Sound of Cough: Lesson Learned from Dr. Mandel Sher’s Granddaughter

Have you ever heard the expression, “Out of the mouths of babes”?  Children are generally truth-tellers.  Dr. Mandel Sher keenly observed how his 11-month old granddaughter, Mia,  consistently responded to the sound of C-O-U-G-H during a recent family vacation.

The sudden, unexpected sound of COUGH shatters the sound of silence.  The sound of COUGH is startling – just watch a baby literally “jump” in your arms and cry in response to the agitating and loud sound of COUGH.  The sound of COUGH is alarming and frightening. 

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher, Cough Specialist: 727-393-8067.

Dr. Mandel Sher’s Granddaughter Responds to Unexpected, Loud, Agitating Sound of Cough

Dr. Mandel Sher’s children invited Mia’s four grandparents to join them for a family vacation in Colorado.  All the family stayed together under one roof.  Shimmering aspen trees, babbling brooks and streams, and snow-capped mountains formed a beautiful and serene backdrop for this awesome time.  That is until early each morning and after meals when the quiet would be shattered by Mia’s maternal grandpa’s Coughing fits.    Mia’s face would scrunch-up and then she would cry.

Dr. Mandel Sher treats many Cough patients who report being referred by a family member because they just can’t stand the grating sound of Cough anymore. 

Chronic Cough and/or constant throat-clearing is debilitating for the person suffering & annoying for those around.  You have a lot to say.  Don’t let Cough drown-out your message. Don’t let Cough interrupt a bedtime story.

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher for a Cough Solution:  727-393-8067. Dr. Sher is working with global Cough doctors, scientists, and researchers to evaluate effective Cough therapies.  Dr. Mandel Sher is a frequent contributor to the medical community’s body of knowledge around Chronic Cough by presenting evolving paradigms for Cough treatment at professional societies.

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team are helping patients to achieve REMARKABLE COUGH RELIEF and RESOLUTION – including those patients who have been Coughing for years, seen other doctors, and tried but failed other Cough therapies. 

If you have a persistent Cough that’s been lingering for 8 weeks or longer, contact Dr. Mandel Sher now.  Get your Cough treatment right from the start:  727-393-8067.

Cough Patient Success Stories: Power of Dr. Mandel Sher’s Online Reviews

Online Cough Patient Success Stories with Dr. Mandel Sher are Powerful Tool for Advocacy & Effective Treatment

Cough Patient Success Stories matter! There’s nothing more satisfying to Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team than knowing they have given back life to a person who has been suffering with the debilitating consequences of Chronic Cough.   Cough Patient Success stories under Dr. Mandel Sher’s care, and the importance of online reviews, cannot be over-stated.  Here’s feedback from a grateful Cough patient who believes Dr. Mandel Sher “saved her life”:

“I am an RN of 25 years and have had a cough for my entire life. For 3 years it was severe. I went to countless specialists & had every test available, all offering ZERO answers. I was on 12 prescription meds with ZERO improvement. Dr. Sher has saved my life! I no longer need a laundry list of meds or to spend every day off in a doctor’s office. I finally have a normal life without a hacking cough, exhaustion, embarrassment & constant disruption to everyone around me. Everyone there is great!”

 (Denise S. of Fort Myers area in Lee County who drove 2.5 hours each way to see Dr. Sher)

Patient Success stories are heartwarming.  Patient  Success stories that are shared in online reviews are important for Chronic Cough advocacy and facilitate Dr. Sher’s tireless efforts for more effective Cough treatments.  Popular review sites: Google, Center for Cough facebook page, healthgrades, vital:  Here’s how an online review helps:

  • Raises awareness about Chronic Cough as a specific & distinct medical condition
  • Gives hope to frustrated people who are suffering with Chronic Cough
  • Leads people seeking effective tried & true Cough treatment to Dr. Mandel Sher

Thank You to those who have shared a Cough Patient Success story with Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team.  Please consider sharing your Cough Success story with Dr. Mandel Sher in an online review. 

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher to Resolve Your Chronic Cough Once & For All: 727-393-8067.





Labor Day: Does Your Workplace Make You Sick – Really!

Labor Day recognizes the important contributions of our great nation’s workers.  So, as we honor our nation’s workers, it is appropriate to ask:  Does Your Workplace Make You Sick – Really!  Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team care for so many people in the workforce whose professional performance is being compromised by Chronic Cough – Attorneys, Salespeople, Telephone Communicators – people whose work involves a lot of speaking and produces a dry throat.   And, there are people who have an allergy or sensitivity to something in the workplace environment that produces a throat tickle and urge to Cough.

Yes!  Your Workplace Can Make You Sick!  You Really Can be Allergic to Work! Your Cough Can be Triggered by Something in Your Work Environment!  Dr. Mandel Sher: Cough Specialist.

Dr. Mandel Sher Will Resolve Your Cough & Return You to Peak Performance: 727-393-8067.

Itchy eyes? Trouble breathing? Cough? The trigger making you feel miserable may be inside, not outside.  If your symptoms worsen as the workday progresses and lessen after you leave work or while you are enjoying time off, then you may suffer from a workplace trigger.  Now the really tough question is what to do about it. Begin by finding out if this is a sensitivity to an irritant that makes you feel uncomfortable but is not dangerous, or a real allergy that can produce a life-threatening allergic reaction.  Check out The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s ( guidelines for handling workplace triggers.

What do you do when how and where you earn a living is producing a misery-generating sensitivity or dangerous allergic reaction?

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team are dedicated Chronic Cough Specialists – one of the very few in the nation.  Dr. Sher is helping countless people who are feeling frustrated and hopeless by a Cough that wouldn’t go away.  Many of these people who have suffered with a Persistent Cough for months or years have seen other doctors and failed cough therapies.

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough’s Innovative and Integrated Approach to Comprehensive Cough Care and Treatment is THE Difference.  Contact Dr. Mandel Sher:  727-393-8067.


Laughter & Your Cough: National Tell a Joke Day

Laughter & Your Cough: National Tell a Joke Day

Knock, Knock.  Who’s There? It’s Dr. Mandel Sher, a world-class Cough Specialist and pretty good joke teller.  Today, August 16, 2018, is National Tell a Joke Day.  Laughter is good for your health; but is laughter good for your Cough?

Have you ever noticed that your Cough kicks-in after a really hard belly laugh?  Not surprising.  The nerves that are involved in the laughing reflex are the same nerves that are involved in the Coughing reflex.  Therefore, triggering the laughing reflex can also trigger the Coughing reflex.  The laughing and Coughing sequence is common.  But, if you suffer from Coughing fits that seem to be unexplained and produced without a specific trigger, then you may have Chronic Cough.

Chronic Cough is a common medical condition.  It is under-diagnosed and often ineffectively treated by physicians. Sometimes, Chronic Cough is an indication of an serious underlying medical condition.  Often, Chronic Cough is THE problem.

Dr. Mandel Sher is a world-class Cough Specialist.  Dr. Sher and his global physician, scientist, and researcher colleagues are evolving the paradigm for treating Chronic Cough.  Dr. Mandel Sher and the Center for Cough team WILL RESOLVE Your Cough – even if you have been Coughing for years, have seen other doctors, and failed cough therapies. Contact Dr. Mandel Sher: 727-393-8067.  

So, go ahead and laugh often and laugh hard.  Laughter is an effective stress reducer, immune system booster, and is contagious.  Laughter is indeed the best medicine.

Cough Headache: My Head Hurts From Coughing

As if Coughing is not enough discomfort for one person to bear, some people experience Cough Headaches associated with Coughing.  There are different possible medical conditions triggering Cough Headaches.  The type of Cough Headache being addressed here is one that is triggered by Coughing, happens occasionally rather than being continuous, lasts for a brief time, and improves on its own or with minimal intervention.  Cough Headaches affect Men more than women and people over age 40.

Cough Headache can be associated with coughing. Dr. Mandel Sher offers comprehensive & integrated Cough treatment.

Cough Headaches are not a common type of headache.  They can be painful and exaggerate the discomfort and dysfunction associated with Coughing. 

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough if you are Coughing for around 8 weeks or longer. Dr. Sher WILL relieve or resolve your Cough and help you to manage Cough risk factors and Coughing episodes: 727-393-8067. #chronic cough, #lingeringcough, #persistentcough, #mycoughwontgoaway

As you prepare for a visit with Dr. Mandel Sher to evaluate the cause(s) and trigger(s) of your Cough and resulting Cough Headache, take note of the following questions that will provide Dr. Mandel Sher clues as he and the Center for Cough team listen to your personal Cough story:

  • How long your Cough and Cough Headaches are going on?
  • Frequency
  • Duration
  • Family history of headaches
  • What makes Cough Headaches improve
  • What makes Cough Headaches worsen

Chronic Cough is a complex medical condition that by itself is tough. Cough Headaches and other common Cough-associated conditions such as Daytime Fatigue, Urine Leaks, Muscle Aches, Un-Focus, Anxiety, Depression, Social Isolation and other make Chronic Cough even harder.

You should not learn to live with Chronic Cough and its associated symptoms.  Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Specialist dedicated to accurately diagnosing the causes and triggers of Chronic Cough and targeting personalized and comprehensive treatment to achieve Cough relief and resolution.  Dr. Sher is helping people suffering with Cough to achieve REMARKABLE reduction in Cough frequency and intensity and an overall improvement in the quality of daily life.

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough’s professional services are approved by Medicare and other insurers.  Dr. Sher approach is traditional, evidence-based medicine.  The differences are rooted in a comprehensive and integrated approach to Cough treatment.

Even if you have seen other doctors for your Cough, tried other Cough therapies and are still Coughing – Come feel and hear the difference with Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough:  727-393-8067.

Exercise & Cough: Runners, Swimmers, & Endurance Athletes

Endurance athletes who cough during or after intense exercise. See Dr. Mandel Sher: 727-393-8067.

Exercise!  You’re a runner or swimmer or another type of endurance athlete.  You’re working-out intensely, feeling fit and great, and then you burst into a coughing fit after your workout.  Mood Buster!  You didn’t have any symptoms before your exercise, so what gives with this hacking cough? Why can’t you catch your breath?

Coughing during or after exercise can be a symptom of a condition called exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.  “This makes it more difficult for the air to get through into the lungs,” says Jonathan Parsons, M.D., director of the Ohio State University Multidisciplinary Cough Program. Cough is a common symptom among athletes.  Other common triggers can include:  respiratory infection and environmental exposures like cold dry air.  A less common trigger but one to be considered is exercise-induced vocal cord dysfunction.

Exercise Should be Good for You!  Contact Dr. Mandel Sher if you have recurring hacking coughing fits during or after exercise.  Dr. Sher is a Cough Specialist who will listen to your cough history and story, perform a comprehensive evaluation of the cause and triggers, and help you achieve remarkable Cough Resolution Results.  

Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough:  727-393-8067. 

If this sounds like your experience, then see Dr. Mandel Sher to check it out.  Find out what it is and what it is not. Self-diagnosing and self-treating alone can waste time and money and prevent you from identifying the underlying medical condition.  See Dr. Mandel Sher to learn how to manage the underlying medical condition and get through an exercise episode with sweat only.

Dr. Mandel Sher offers a comprehensive and integrated approach to treating and resolving Cough. Dr. Sher and Center for Cough’s approach are evidence-based with a twist of innovation. 

Medicare and other major insurers approve Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough’s services.  Contact:  727-393-8067. 

Dr. Sher’s education and training credentials include: Northwestern, Duke, Harvard, and the University of Michigan.  In addition to caring for people with Cough, Dr. Sher collaborates with global Cough scientists and researchers on Clinical Research Trials that evaluate Cough therapies for improved outcomes, and is a frequent contributor to the medical community’s Cough understanding.