Most coughs last 18 days
No one likes being sick, but it might be time for a reality check on how long a cold or cough can linger.
A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine found that many patients expect their cough symptoms to dissipate within a week. In reality, most coughs will last about 18 days before symptoms diminish. But rather than let the illness run its natural course, many patients demand and receive an unnecessary antibiotic prescription.
Researchers say that this mindset contributes to the larger problem of over-prescribing antibiotics. Not only that, antibiotics are of no help against most coughs and colds, which are caused by a virus, not bacteria.