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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 08:25

Your Cough can last longer than you Expect- study

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coughTo live with continues coughing is quite annoying, even a week seems life forever and definatley expect to get rid of it as soon as possible; however, you have to wait even for longer duration to clear! – study.

According to a new study, conducted by researchers from University of Georgia, USA, the average cough — commonly the result of a cold or other respiratory illness — lasts nearly 18 days.

The study also reported that people expect their cough to go away much sooner than 18 days and many of them consult doctor for antibiotics which may not help all.

 The team, led by Mark Ebell from the University of Georgia in Athens, said they were concerned that patients' unrealistic expectations could lead them to ask doctors for antibiotics that won't speed their recovery, but will fuel drug resistance, cost money and increase the risk of side effects.

"Efforts to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use should target this discrepancy," the authors wrote, referring to unrealistic patient expectations.

"We're not trying to discourage people from getting care if they feel they need it, but at the same time we want to give them the confidence to give themselves care in situations when it's appropriate," said Ebell.

For the study, Ebell and his colleagues did a telephone survey of 493 adults in George about how long they'd expect a cough to last based on a hypothetical situation: if they had a 100.5 degree Fahrenheit (38 degree Celsius) fever and were bringing up yellow mucous.

Overall, people said they'd expect the cough to take between 7 and 9 days to clear up.

The team then reviewed 19 previous studies on severe coughs that recorded how long the condition actually lasted. In those studies, it took a cough - on average - 17.8 days to subside.

"I think it is important to understand that if you do get a cough you're probably going to be coughing for about three weeks," said Jeffrey Linder, who was not involved in the study but has done similar research.

"Also, there is evidence out there that getting an antibiotic at any point in the course is not going to make it shorter," added Linder, an associate professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Personal view: Here I would like to suggest people suffering from acute or chronic cough to consult Homoeopath, from my experience as consultant homoeopathy I can say that Homoeopathic medicine does wonder and helps to get rid of cough earlier, its safe as the medicine does not cause drowsiness as most common cough syrups do.

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