• Category: Blog Post
  • Project date: 30 August, 2022

What can cause cough?

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


The common cold is an infection of the upper respiration tract caused by viruses.


Flu or influenza is a general illness with an often severe course which 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, there are many chronic respiratory diseases that 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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