Chronic Bronchitis & Chronic Cough: Different Underlying Conditions & Treatments

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.

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.