Study Finds Cough Sufferers Have Unrealistic Expectations About Recovery

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Saw this news item from Sally Kalson in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“If your cough is hanging on much longer than you expected, the problem isn’t the cough; it’s you.

People expect acute coughing from a cold or flu to last seven to nine days, according to a new report, when it actually takes closer to 18 days to run its course.

The perception gap leads to more doctor visits, more pointless use of antibiotics (which don’t work on viruses, the cause of most coughs), higher medical bills and more drug resistance.”

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