A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants such as dust or smoke. It’s rarely a sign of anything serious.
A “dry cough” means it’s tickly and doesn’t produce any phlegm (thick mucus). A “chesty cough” means phlegm is produced to help clear your airways.
Most coughs clear up within three weeks and don't require any treatment.
Some things you can try to help ease your cough are:
Your local Pharmacy can recommend treatments to help ease your cough.
There's usually no need to see your GP if you have a mild cough for a week or two. However, you should seek medical advice if: