Monday, September 7, 1998 Published at 13:12 GMT 14:12 UK
You only cough when you're winning....
Coughing can be almost as loud as a pneumatic drill....
Coughing can be as loud as the roar from a football terrace, according to new research.
A survey by the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University, sponsored by cough medicine company Benylin, measured most coughs at 70-90 decibels - as loud as a noisy radio or underground train.
The size of a sufferer's neck was the best indication of how loud a cough is, with men whose necks are 16 inches or more in circumference, having the noisiest coughs.
Coughing though, is a necessary evil, as it is a protective mechanism, alerting people to another illness, or it is also the body's way of reacting to an irritant in the throat or lungs.
"They get really irritated and worry they might catch it too. People get really concerned that coughing will spread."