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Coughing is a reflex that clears your throat and airways (respiratory system). It helps heal and protect your lungs. It is normal to cough from time to time. A cough that happens with other symptoms or that lasts a long time may be a sign of a condition that needs treatment. A short-term (acute) cough may only last 2–3 weeks. A long-term (chronic) cough may last 8 or more weeks.
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