A cough will usually clear up on its own within 3 to 4 weeks.

There's usually no need to see a GP if you have a cough.

You should:

You could also try:

But there's limited evidence to show these work. Hot lemon with honey has a similar effect to cough medicines.

If you have a cough, you can ask a pharmacist about:

These will not stop your cough, but may help you cough less.

Decongestants and cough medicines containing codeine will not stop your cough.

To find out what's causing your cough, the GP might:

Most coughs are caused by a cold or flu.

Other causes include:

A cough is rarely a sign of something serious like lung cancer.