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A cough that lasts for 3-8 weeks is often caused by a cold or other lung infection that lasts longer than normal. A cough that lasts 3-8 weeks may go away by itself but it may also need treatment. If you have a three-week cough and you are not sure if you should see your doctor, read the following questions:
If you answered yes, to any of these questions, you should talk to your doctor about your cough.
To diagnose your cough your doctor may ask you questions about your family history, things you may have been exposed to at home or work, and if you smoked. Your doctor may want to examine you. Your doctor may also give you a few tests including: