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Rhinitis and Cough

  • Peter K. Smith
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Abstract

A cough is a complex neurogenic reflex that forms part of the innate protective mechanisms of the airways. The function of coughing is to clear the airways of noxious stimuli (microbes, chemicals, and physical); however, many medical conditions, including those of the upper airways, evoke cough, which in itself may be a major symptom of the particular disease state. This chapter is structured to overview the neural and molecular mechanisms involved in the detection and reaction to stimuli, causes of cough with a focus on upper airway etiologies, and two case studies to contextualize this information.

Keywords

Airways Cough Rhinitis Transient receptor potential vanilloid receptor (TRPV1) Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 receptor (TRPA1) Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) 

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  • Peter K. Smith
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  1. 1.Department of Clinical MedicineGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia

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