Habit cough and the use of biofeedback

Let’s start by stating that “habit” cough is rare. Don’t jump to the conclusion that a cough lasting a month or so is “just” habit cough. See your doctor.

Because it’s rare there are no large clinical studies of treatment options. Here’s a case report where biofeedback and cognitive coping was effective.

An 11-year-old girl was diagnosed with habit cough.

  • She was treated with 6, one-hour sessions that included her family for part of the time.
  • She learned skin-temperature biofeedback in order to relax during the coughing episodes.
  • The girl was cough free at the end of the sixth session and remained cough free over two years.

More on habit cough is written here.

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12/23/06 11:24 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.