Home > Medical > Cough > About cough About cough All sections in Cough » About Cough » Associated Diseases » Check your Symptoms » Cough Medication » Cough Q&A » General Information » Interesting Cough Facts » More on Cough » Multimedia » Cough News » Treating Coughs Chronic cough A chronic cough is defined as one that lasts for longer than one month in individuals who do not respond to first-line treatment. Causes and red flags of acute cough Acute cough lasts for less than three weeks and is commonly due to an acute throat (upper respiratory tract) infection. What is a cough? Coughing is a normal reflex reaction due to stimulation of the cough receptors. However, coughing can be a symptom of a number of problems. Follow Health24 on Twitter » Listen Paediatrician » Join Parenting » Ask CyberDoc » Places germs love to hide Home remedies for sore throats Treating an acute cough Coughs are treated according to the type of cough, the stage of the cough, but most of all according to the underlying cause. Diagnosing a chronic cough Any cough lasting longer than 8 weeks warrants investigation particularly if you have any of the warning signs and you should expect to possibly undergo some investigations. Types of cough Are there in fact different types of cough? A Barking cough? A wet cough? A brassy cough? Yes, coughs can be categorised. Is cough a common condition? Without doubt, yes! Causes and warning signs of chronic cough What are the most common causes of a chronic cough and what are warning signs that I should be aware of that something is really wrong? Questions asked to diagnose coughs Various questions must be asked of all patients seeking treatment for cough. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.