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Sensitive cough suffered by females

by Medindia Content Team on  October 16, 2002 at 5:50 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Sensitive cough suffered by females
According to this new study it shows that women are more sensitive to stimuli that produce a cough.Researchers in the US investigated a group of 60 women and 30 men attending an outpatient clinic for chronic cough. They had them inhale substances that cause a cough through a mouthpiece for one second. Then they counted the number of coughs produced by the participants over the next ten seconds.
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The substances used were capsaicin, the hot substance in red peppers, and citric acid. The women needed far less of each 'cough challenge' - as the substances were called - to induce coughing. The difference between the genders was independent of cigarette smoking and the kind of cough being treated at the clinic. The study suggests that women have a more sensitive cough reflex than men to. Similar differences have been found in the onset of asthma and gastroesophagal reflux disease.

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