What is a cough?
A cough is a natural reflex involving breathing and muscle contractions. A cough helps your body heal, protect itself and clear your throat and airways of irritants and mucus. There are three types of cough:
- Acute cough, which begins suddenly and lasts 2-3 weeks
- Subacute cough (also called persistent cough), which stays after an infection and lasts 3-8 weeks
- Chronic cough, which lasts longer than 8 weeks
Who is more likely to experience a cough?
Anyone can get a cough. Cough is the most common symptom reported in the offices of healthcare providers.