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How long do coughs usually last?

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Common viruses are the causes of most coughs. Sometimes, the cough can last weeks or months after the virus is gone. Over time your airways will heal and the cough will stop.

SOURCES:

Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association; professor of medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Donald R. Rollins, MD, associate professor, pulmonary division, National Jewish Health, Denver, Colo.

American Thoracic Society: "Cough."

Irwin, R. , January 2006. Chest

Morice, A. , September 2006. Thorax

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Post-Nasal Drip."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association; professor of medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Donald R. Rollins, MD, associate professor, pulmonary division, National Jewish Health, Denver, Colo.

American Thoracic Society: "Cough."

Irwin, R. , January 2006. Chest

Morice, A. , September 2006. Thorax

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Post-Nasal Drip."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 25, 2017

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