There are a number of causes for cough. A common reason would be upper respiratory tact infection. The majority of respiratory tract infections are caused by viruses which do not require antibiotics or treatment from a doctor. They are best managed with plenty of fluids, plenty of rest and sleep. However, since your symptoms are continuing for a week you may benefit with an antibiotic and an antitussive for which you will need to see your doctor.
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