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Why Does Hillary Clinton Keep Coughing?

Secretary Clinton is coughing again.  Regardless of your political persuasion, observers are wondering, “Why Does Hillary Clinton Keep Coughing?” While Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough has not evaluated Secretary Clinton, he believes there is a high likelihood that Mrs. Clinton has Chronic Cough.  Mrs. Clinton fits the profile of a typical Chronic Cough patient.  Chronic Cough affects men and women, but it affects women, particularly as they age, more often.  In the absence of a precise diagnosis and rationale for coughing spells, there is speculation and worry.

Dr. Mandel Sher, Medical Director at Center for Cough, is a Cough specialist.  Dr. Sher encourages people who are suffering with a persistent cough that won’t go away to come-in for a cough evaluation and cough treatment plan.  Dr. Sher emphasizes that sometimes Chronic Cough is a symptom of an underlying and more serious medical problem.  Sometimes, Chronic Cough is THE problem!  In all cases, lingering cough should not be ignored and people suffering with Chronic Cough should not learn to live with it.

…“It’s not just cough,” Secretary Clinton’s doctor said. “There’s some hoarseness, there’s some throat clearing, in fact there’s frequent throat clearing. When you have these trio of symptoms, you have to think of what I call throat burn reflux, which is acid reflux affecting the throat…”

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What’s Making Me Cough?

Sequence of Actions in the Cough Reflex Pathway Resulting in Cough

The chronic cougher tends to have an increased urge to cough. It can be described as a tickle in the back of the throat. Sometimes it can be a feeling that something is stuck there. Often, there is a feeling of post nasal drip, but rarely any is produced. A hypersensitive or heightened cough reflex requires less stimuli, such as nasal secretions, airborne irritants, acid or gastroesophageal reflux, to trigger a chronic cough. What creates these feelings?

  • Cough receptors in the upper airway (nose), larynx (voice box), lung, and esophagus are activated by direct irritation such as throat infection, post nasal drip or gastric acid (which has contact with the receptors in the larynx/voice box)
  • The receptors send a signal to the cough center in the lower brain area
  • The cough center then decides if there is enough stimulus to set off a cough
  • The cough center becomes hyperactive by repeated stimulation from the peripheral cough receptors
  • The cough center is also influenced by higher brain function which can result in a voluntary and habit cough
  • Stimulation of the upper airway, esophagus, and lung can heighten or sensitize the cough reflex without actually triggering off a cough. For example, acid or even food entering the esophagus from the stomach can send signals to the cough center to become more sensitive or irritable. Allergic nasal symptoms also send signals to the cough center and increase sensitivity.