What can cause Cough?

Acoustic AI for Medicine
2 min readDec 27, 2022


The most common reasons for developing cough are infections of the upper respiratory tract or inflammation of the respiratory system. The primary purpose of the cough is to get rid of viscous mucus and clear the airways.


The common cold is an upper respiratory tract infection caused by viruses.


Flu or influenza is a general illness with an often severe course that is transmitted by influenza viruses.


Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lung tissue, usually caused by bacteria.


One form of pneumonia is Covid-19, a common infectious disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

In which chronic diseases does cough occur?

In addition to acute respiratory diseases, many chronic respiratory diseases are accompanied by cough. Asthma and COPD, in particular, are relatively common in Switzerland.


Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract, whereby attacks of breathlessness and coughing (asthma attack) can occur.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that slowly and progressively narrows the airways and destroys the lung structure, usually caused by long-term smoking.

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What can I do if I cough?

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