SOURCE: Clarity Allergy Center

Clarity Allergy Center

February 26, 2014 08:22 ET

Treating an Endless Cough

There Is a New Paradigm in the Treatment for Chronic Cough Sufferers; With a Recent Study Identifying Cough Hypersensitivity Syndrome, Chronic Cough is Now Being Treated as a Disease

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Feb 26, 2014) - We spend our whole lives coughing. Whether you are coughing from a cold or because something "went down the wrong pipe," there is nothing that we can tell you about the makeup of a cough that will surprise you. For most people, coughing is just a response -- your body needs to clear an airway and it reacts with a cough. For others, coughing is a chronic condition that that disrupts day and night. For these chronic coughers, there is hope with the recently understood diagnosis of Cough Hypersensitivity Syndrome.

"There is a paradigm shift in the way we now look at cough," explains Brian Rotskoff, MD, Chicago allergist and head of Clarity Cough Center in Chicago. "While cough is a symptom of several conditions, chronic cough is now being recognized and treated as a disease of its own."

For years, chronic cough has been thought to be caused by three factors: asthma, acid reflux, and post-nasal drip. Although these are still the major causes of chronic cough, there is still a population of patients that do not respond to these condition-specific treatments. For these patients, the cough may not be caused by any one condition or group of conditions -- the cough is the condition. As detailed in a study published by Alan H Morice, http://www.coughjournal.com/content/9/1/14 these patients are now being diagnosed with Cough Hypersensitivity Syndrome.

Cough Hypersensitivity Syndrome and the cough reflex
Every person has a cough reflex that is triggered as a defense mechanism to prevent us from choking. For people with chronic cough, cough reflexes can become hypersensitive and otherwise minor irritants can trigger a cough. The constant coughing will inflame the cough receptors in the throat and larynx and perpetually trigger the cough reflex.

"A new understanding of cough as a disease has opened up more lines of communication between doctor and patient," says Dr. Rotskoff. "Where some doctors may have dismissed discussions about cough and just looked at the major causes, now conversations are centering on the cough diagnosis. Patients can now share their frustrations over cough and work with their doctor to establish the proper treatment."

If you have tried treating symptoms of asthma, post-nasal drip, or acid reflux and still can't get rid of that chronic cough, it's time to take a fresh look at your chronic cough. Call cough expert, Dr. Brian Rotskoff, at the Clarity Cough Center in Chicago and start finding relief today.

Contact Information

  • Clarity Allergy Center
    Brian Rotskoff, MD
    Medical Director
    773-877-3500

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    North Chicago, IL 60646

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