Updated 12 August 2015

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Most people who get a cough expect it to go away in about six to nine days but, according to a new study, the average cough — commonly the result of a cold or other respiratory illness — lasts nearly 18 days.

This mismatch between expectations and reality means that people may seek medical care for a cough sooner than they should, and are often prescribed antibiotics that are, in fact, ineffective against viral infections.

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