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Spray beats nebulized lidocaine for reducing chronic cough


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Journal
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Reuters Health - 11/12/2020 - Lidocaine does a better job of dealing with refractory common cough when delivered as a spray rather than by inhalation, according to new findings. "Our study provides the first randomized-controlled-trial evidence that local anesthetic agents can inhibit chronic coughing when delivered to the throat," Dr. Jaclyn A. Smith of the University of Manchester, U.K., told Reuters Health by email. Chronic cough may affect up to 12% of the population worldwide, Dr. Smith and colleagues note in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. The condition, defined as cough lasting for more than eight weeks, has a significant impact on health-related quality of life. Many patients report accompanying effects including anxiety, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbance, according to the authors. And, despite extensive investigations and guideline-guided management, a significant proportion of patients with chronic cough r...


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