Read the latest research and find information and advice on diseases associated with coughing including chronic bronchitis, pertussis and smokers cough.

Chronic bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. These tubes connect the windpipe to the lungs.


Choking happens when an object gets stuck in the airway instead of passing through to the stomach, thereby partially or completely blocking the airway.

Whooping cough making a comeback

It's been primarily seen in recent decades as an infants' disease, but health experts say they're seeing a resurgence of whooping cough in all age groups around the world.

You too could have TB

This deadly disease can affect anyone and everyone - and statistics say two-thirds of South Africans are carriers.

When you’re too sick to work

You’ve caught a bug. Are you well enough to drag your sniffling self into the office? Or will you be putting your and your colleagues’ health at risk? Find out.


Pertussis is a highly contagious type of cough.

What is ‘smoker's cough’?

Smokers cough refers to a reflex reaction from the lungs that usually occurs after stopping smoking, often in the mornings.

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Cough Expert

Professor Keertan Dheda has received several prestigious awards including the 2014 Oppenheimer Award, and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and holds 3 patents related to new TB diagnostic or infection control technologies. He serves on the editorial board of the journals PLoS One, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Lancet Respiratory Diseases and Nature Scientific Reports, amongst others. Read his full biography at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute.

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