Cough Mystery: Can You Solve It?

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Think Like a Doctor: A Cough That Won’t Stop,” by Lisa Sanders, M.D. in the NY Times Magazine presents an unsolved cough mystery.  In the first of a 2-part series, Dr. Sanders presents the case, and then reveals the diagnosis the following week.  See if you can guess the diagnosis correctly after you read this case study.

The patient presented in this case study is typical of the cough patient that Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough diagnose and treat.  Read more


Global Cough Leaders Meet in London


Dr. Mandel Sher is back fresh from the Ninth International Symposium on Cough held in London from June 29th through July 1, 2016. The international symposium was organized by Professor Kian Fan Chung, Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the National Heart & Lung Institute of the Imperial College London. The symposium attracts global cough leaders in the treatment of cough and scientific cough research. Read more


Voice Therapy and Chronic Cough

voice-therapyExercise doesn’t have to be hard, boring, take too much time, make you sweaty or require workout clothes.  Voice exercises can be an important part of a comprehensive cough treatment plan.  And voice exercises can be done in as little as 10-minute intervals once a day, or shorter intervals throughout the day, in the comfort of your car, office, or home without any special tools or equipment. Read more


Chronic Cough and GERD


GERD and Chronic Cough often seem to go hand-in-hand.  GERD stands-for gastroesophageal reflux disease, a condition when stomach acid or non-acidic stomach contents flow backwards into the esophagus and irritate the lining.   This can result in feelings of heartburn or indigestion.  We all experience indigestion or heartburn from time to time.  But if this happens more than occasionally, it may be a sign of GERD.   Some people suffer from both chronic cough and GERD, but it can be hard to know if there is a cause and effect. Read more


Hot-Wired to Cough: Your Throat’s Nerve Endings are on Fire!


If you think of your body like a map of a city, you may visualize cough living in the following neighborhoods:  lungs, chest, and upper respiratory system.  But some coughs have a different address: some coughs live in the nerve endings in the back of the throat. Neighborhoods are all different. They dress different. Have different slang. Perhaps they have different shops and restaurants. And all these differences create a unique environment.  Let’s take Jane Smith, for example. Read more


Major Breakthrough in Cough Treatment on the Horizon


There’s a major breakthrough in cough treatment on the horizon and it shows promising preliminary results!

Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough are currently enrolling volunteer patients in the clinical trials of AF-219, a new drug that shows promise as a breakthrough in cough treatment. For a limited time, patients have an opportunity to try this promising new drug before it’s available to the general public.  Please call Amy today, Center for Cough’s Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator, to learn more about this promising new cough treatment: (727) 393- 8067.

Do you know someone who has been coughing for months, years, or even decades? Has that person seen his or her doctor and tried different cough treatments or cough remedies only to fail and still be coughing? Does that person describe their cough as trying to cough-up something tickling the back of his or her throat? As a concerned family member or friend, are you thinking that this person will never decrease the intensity of his or her cough or get rid of it completely? Read more


Not All Coughs Are Created Equal

not-all-coughs-are-created-equalThere are different kinds of cough and not all coughs are created equal.

Think about it like you would an online dating profile. There’s always a form you have to fill out introducing yourself to the online dating world. Right? You have to list your hobbies, your favorite foods, what kind of books you read, and so forth. If coughs had a profile, the questions they would have to answer to help identify themselves would look a little more like this…(and should probably be answered a bit more honestly than that dating profile you were filling out!!!). Read more


10 Questions to Test Your Medical IQ


How much about chronic cough do you know? Do you suffer from persistent coughing or a nagging itch at the back of your throat? How about a friend? A loved one? A colleague?

Knowledge is power. Knowing what your symptoms mean can help to restore health and happiness!

So…do you consider yourself a medical wizard? Test your knowledge today!


Take the Chronic Cough Quiz! Read more


Dr. Sher Leads National Conversation on Chronic Cough


“Cough is the most frequent illness-related reason people visit their doctor,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

But not all coughs are created equal.   Some people are dealing with an active upper respiratory infection or the aftermath, and others have a cough that just won’t go away.  A cough that lasts eight weeks or longer is considered a “chronic cough.” 10% of the population have a chronic cough and a large number from this group cannot find effective treatment because their physicians are diagnosing and treating the symptoms rather than the underlying cause. Read more


Did you know chronic cough could be asthma?

Did You Know?



Persistent cough is an often overlooked sign of asthma according to a study by National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado.  Persistent, or better known as chronic cough, affects approximately 10% of the population and can be a symptom of many underlying causes, some of which are unexplained. Patients who are treated for their symptoms rather than their root cause often become frustrated and feel hopeless because they just can’t seem to get better. In reality, these root causes are not always obvious. Read more