What is a cough? Learn more about chronic cough conditions in this overview and discover how treating a cough focuses primarily on types, causes, and symptoms of your cough for effective relief.

What is coughing?

Coughing is a normal reflex and a result of the stimulation of the cough receptors. But it can also be a symptom of underlying disease.

Causes of coughing

Cough has an array of possible causes, ranging from a foreign body lodged in the airways to an infective cause and even lung cancer.

Diagnosing a cough

Your doctor will identify the type of cough you have, as well as other related symptoms you may be suffering from.

How to prevent coughing

An ongoing coughing is an indication that something could be wrong and shouldn’t be ignored.

Risk factors for coughing

Dusty environments and simple viral illnesses will make most of us cough, but there are certain situations that could increase the risk.

Treating a cough

To effectively treat a cough, the cause must first be identified and the expected duration estimated.

Types of cough

It is important to know what type of cough you have in order to treat it properly.

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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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