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Coughing is a reflex action that helps the body get rid of mucous, smoke or dust that irritates the upper air passages. Coughs can be dry or chesty and are classified as acute, subacute or chronic (long-term). An acute cough lasts for less than three weeks and can be caused by infections such as sinus infections, bronchitis or pneumonia, or by conditions like the common cold, flu, asthma or allergies. Chronic coughs last for over eight weeks and may be triggered by lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), environmental irritants or digestive issues. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about how coughs develop, how to treat them, and much more.

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