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Health Tip: Treating a Chronic Cough

Remedy's effectiveness depends on the cause

(HealthDay News) -- If you've had a cough that's lasted at least eight weeks, you may have a chronic cough. The best way to treat that cough depends on its cause.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible causes of a chronic cough include:

  • Being a smoker.
  • Having allergies, including seasonal allergies or allergies to pets, plants, fumes, smoke or dust.
  • Taking a medication that triggers coughing.
  • Having asthma that isn't well-controlled by medication.
  • Having heartburn.

-- Diana Kohnle

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