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      Your Health: 1-15-13 Length of a cough

      So, how long does the average hacking cough really last?

      Experts say many people have a mistaken idea of how long an acute cough should last.

      A new study finds this misconception can lead to the unnecessary overuse of antibiotics.

      A team of University of Georgia researchers reviewed medical literature and found that the average duration of an acute cough is nearly three weeks. That is 17.8 days.

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