Did you know that the debilitating medical condition of Chronic Cough is a gender issue? Chronic Cough is not gender neutral. In fact, Chronic Cough favors women. While Chronic Cough does affect both men and women, just being a woman sets you up for Chronic Cough. Chronic Cough affects women more often than men. And it particularly affects women as they age. Dr. Mandel Sher’s vast experience diagnosing people who suffer with Chronic Cough and recommending cough treatment confirms the higher incidence of Chronic Cough among women.
“Chronic Cough as a Female Gender Issue,” a review article by Kavalcikova-Bogdanova, Buday, Plevkova, and Song published in the January 9, 2016 issue of Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, addresses this phenomenon. The authors suggest the role of hormones in excessive cough.
According to Dr. Sher, women are hard-wired to cough. That means that women organically have a more sensitive cough mechanism. The higher sensitivity of the cough mechanism means that it takes a lower level of irritants or stimuli to trigger coughing spells. And since cough begets cough, Chronic Cough can become the result.
Dr. Sher emphasizes that cough is an important mechanism in all children and adults. But in 12 to 15% of the population, a persistent cough that won’t go away becomes disruptive. Chronic Cough has negative physical, mental, professional and social consequences. Dr. Sher goes on to say that the goal of cough treatment is to normalize cough – not to suppress cough.
Sometimes, cough is an indication of a more serious underlying medical condition. In people suffering with Chronic Cough, cough is often THE problem. A lingering cough is not normal and should not be ignored. If you or someone you love has a Chronic Cough, contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough: 727-393-8067.