Curious about coughs. I went to Dr. Bing and checked out what illnesses are associated with chronic coughing. (Yesterday, I oh-so-delicately suggested tuberculosis, although I think the likelihood that Hillary has TB is close to zero.) Ruling out the obvious things (a cold, a simple allergy, asthma), here are some of the more esoteric problems that come up when you search “chronic cough”:
Bronchiectasis (damaged airways)
Laryngopharyngeal reflux (stomach acid flows up into the throat)
Nonasthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis (airway inflammation not caused by asthma)
Sarcoidosis (collections of inflammatory cells in different parts of your body, most commonly the lungs)
Medicine associated with diabetes or hypertension
Regarding that last one (medicine for people with diabetes):
In my experience, prescribers often place their diabetic patients on lisinopril just as a precaution. While that approach may have some merit with younger patients, the reduced renal function of older patients tends to negate all the possible benefits of ACE-inhibitor therapy.
One of the telltale adverse effects of ACE inhibitors, including lisinopril, is a chronic, hacking cough — a potential side effect that patients often don’t hear about. Studies suggest that up to a third of all patients taking an ACE inhibitor will develop this type of chronic dry cough, and the cough often doesn’t go away when they stop taking the drug. This happens more with women than with men, and more with African Americans and Asians than others.