Exercise & Cough: Runners, Swimmers, & Endurance Athletes

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.