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Does cough hypersensitivity syndrome differ from a chronic cough?
Hang on! It is not a rocket science.
Experts define it as a cough in response to a stimulus. Whereas persistent or chronic cough lasts for at least eight weeks.
The following chronic cough conditions may show hypersensitivity towards certain stimulants:
Three good examples are:
There are various types of stimuli:
Cold weather, physiologic triggers, simply talking and laughing hard can also act as stimuli.
This often occurs due to one of three types of exposure:
Remember that stimuli, such as those listed above, do not necessarily make you cough every time.
Initially patients' complaints of various sensations and symptoms undergoing hypersensitivity.
Some signs are
Laryngeal Dysfunction in Hypersensitivity Syndrome: A Cross-Sectional Observational Study shows: deterioration of the vocal cords is quite common in CHS.
Read this interesting yet powerful research study to learn about the Expert opinion on the cough hypersensitivity syndrome in respiratory medicine by the European Respiratory Society.
Using cough frequency and cough reflex sensitivity tools can help measure the hypersensitivity.
Below are a few tools by name that were detailed in a study Hypersensitivity Syndrome: A Few More Steps Forward research:
Sadly, there is no specific diagnostic test or technique to detect this type of cough. Although, its diagnosis is not a big challenge. We might need special testing procedures in the future to find more accurate results.
A physician may ask you a few questions about your condition. Describing your signs and symptoms in detail will help the healthcare provider assist you accordingly.
It is essential to identify and point out the reason behind the trigger, whether it be chemical, physiological, thermal, or mechanical stimuli. This information may be fundamental to diagnose the issue efficiently.
Often, simple cough sensitivity tests help in screening, such as by inhaling citric acid (vitamin C) or capsaicin (the active ingredient of chili pepper).
Involving treatment of speech pathology can aid in laryngeal dysfunction.
Drugs such as amitriptyline and gabapentin treat chronic pain. They also act as antitussive agents. In addition, randomized clinical studies have demonstrated gabapentin medicine as effective against chronic coughing patients having laryngeal sensory neural damage.
To date, researchers have not produced as many studies about chronic hypersensitivity syndrome as would be ideal for substantially advancing the field. Therefore, more research is needed, especially in identifying approaches to improve outcomes of patients with cough hypersensitivity syndrome.
This insightful resource provides an overview of cough hypersensitivity progress at the Tenth London International Cough Symposium 2018.