Long-term, or chronic, cough is a cough lasting longer than 8 weeks. It is a common medical condition, affecting about 1 in 10 people worldwide. However, there are limited treatment options available. There is new evidence that this long-term condition could share similarities with long-term pain. Although these are two different conditions, they could have similar origins or triggers in the body or be caused by similar risk factors.
A new study assessed the similarities between the two conditions in a group of middle-aged and elderly people in the Netherlands.
What did the study look at?
The researchers used data from a large study, which collected information from people who share similar characteristics. Information is collected through surveys and medical tests every 4-5 years.
What do the results show?
Out of 7,141 people included in this study, 3,888 people reported chronic pain.
Key findings included:
Why is this important?
The researchers conclude that chronic cough and chronic pain are linked to each other. Both have a potential impact on the development of the other condition. This suggests that both conditions might also be caused by similar risk factors, or have similar triggers in the body. This finding is useful for healthcare professionals when they assess people who may be experiencing one or both conditions.
Title: The interrelatedness of chronic cough and chronic pain
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