Cough: An ITCH in Your Throat

Cough is an itch in your throat.  Dr. Xinzhong Dong, a Johns Hopkins neuroscientist, recently published a study that supports Dr. Mandel Sher’s approach to treating Chronic Cough.  Dr. Dong identified itch receptors in our throats that produce an irritated or itchy feeling when they are triggered by other factors.  Dr. Mandel Sher and a handful of his Cough colleagues around the globe are evolving the paradigm for treating the underlying cause of Chronic Cough rather than the triggers only.  Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team agree with Dr. Xinzhong Dong’s finding that Cough is a response to an itch in your throat.  Dr. Dong and his team are hoping their discovery can facilitate new treatments for medical conditions such as Asthma and Chronic Coughing.

“Unlike in the skin, we can’t scratch an itch in our throats. Instead we cough, which causes a slight pain that blocks the itch.”–                         Xinzhong Dong, Ph.D.

“It’s all about the tickle in the back of your throat.  Stop the tickle and stop the Cough. ”                                                                                                                                    Dr. Mandel Sher                                                                                                                  Center for Cough 


Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Specialist.  He is a Duke, Harvard, and University of Michigan trained physician who focuses on treating people with chronic medical conditions such as Chronic Cough.  Dr. Sher is helping patients to achieve remarkable results in relieving or resolving their Cough – even if they have seen many other doctors and tried but failed other cough therapies.  In addition to successfully treating patients with Chronic Cough, Dr. Sher is a leading investigator on Clinical Research Trials for novel Cough therapies, and is a frequent contributor to the medical community’s body of knowledge around Chronic Cough by speaking at national and internal professional society meetings.

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