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Treatment for arnold's ear-cough reflex?

Feb 2014
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when i touch the right side under my ears it cause me to cough
Posted Sat, 2 Mar 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.

This phenomenon is called Arnold's ear-cough reflex.

The vagus nerve arises in the brain stem and provides a nerve supply to the external ear canal, larynx, heart, stomach and intestine. Stimulation of the auricular branch of the nerve by objects inserted into the ear canal causes a reflex stimulation of the laryngeal branches of the vagus, which produces the cough in susceptible people.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.

Wishing you good health...

Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
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