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Chronic Cough? Could Be Low Iron

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.

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emalove emalove 9 years
I sometimes have a lingering cough or have the frequent need to clear my throat, but this is caused by my severe allergies. This is still good to know though!
atrybus atrybus 9 years
I've had this for awhile now! I had no idea. I'm getting myslef to a doctor. Thank you, Popsugar! Love this site.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
My mom has had a chronic cough for over a year now. None of the doctors she has been to has mentioned this. I'll make sure to let her know about this.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Oh wow, I had no idea...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I kind of have one but I think it's more of a mix of allergies and athsma and running...
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