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New UK Guidelines Say Take Honey Before Antibiotics To Treat Cough

August 23, 2018 - 3:31 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A little bit of honey should be your first option to treat a cough

That's according to doctors in England who have been advised to issue the recommendation in a push to battle the overuse of antibiotics, which is making it more difficult to treat infections. 

Most coughs are caused by viruses and cannot be treated by antibiotics. 

Doctors say a hot drink with honey can improve symptoms, and that the cough will improve on its own within a couple of weeks. 

Over-the-counter cough medicines are also suggested for patient self-care. 

New guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence lay out when doctors should prescribe self-care alternatives, antibiotics or other care.