Having a chronic cough can be really annoying. The pesky throat scratching kind of cough that lingers even though you don't smoke, or have asthma or throat irritating acid reflux. Well a new study has found that having a low iron count could create a persistent cough.
Iron deficiencies and anemia can cause swelling in the back of the mouth and creating sensitive vocal cords. The heightened sensitivity, along with inflamed mucous membranes, can easily cause coughing and choking from such simple acts a vigorous laughter.
Women are more prone to iron deficiencies than our male counterparts because we menstruate monthly, which taxes our iron reserves, as does pregnancy. Taking an iron supplement can certainly help calm coughs by reducing the inflammation. Having low iron can affect your immune system since iron plays a role in the production of proteins the immune system uses to control inflammation. And that inflammation can make you more susceptible to getting sick and to coughing. It is a vicious cycle. So make sure you are getting enough iron so check out: What Your RDI of Iron Looks Like.