Honey Discovered To Be Useful In The Treatment Of Cough
According to studies conducted in the United Kingdom, honey and over the counter drugs should be used first for the treatment of a cough because they have been found to be more effective than antibiotics. Most of the time antibiotics do not improve a cough as most people expect, it normally improves on its own within three weeks.
Antibiotic overuse and abuse have resulted in drug-resistant bacteria that makes infections difficult to treat. Most coughs are caused by virus hence cannot be treated with antibiotics.
However, antibiotics can be prescribed for a cough if there are other underlying infections that require its use, or when there is a risk of further complications such as those with persistent health conditions or weakened immune system
Honey is not to be used on children less than one year because it contains a bacteria that can cause infant botulism. Infant botulism is a potentially life-threatening disease caused by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum.
It is advised that if a cough is getting worse and an individual feels breathless and unwell it is important to consult a doctor.