Treat cough and cold with none of the antibiotics as the infection lingers on until it feels like releasing you from its clutches after a week or two. Also, prescribing antibiotics is rarely helpful as they mostly don’t do much to improve your condition. On the contrary, they only welcome viruses and bacteria with warm open hands due to antibiotic resistance.
Come Home Honey
A glass of hot water mixed with honey, ginger and lemon is a time-tested home remedy for cough and sore throat strongly supported by our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers but our physician’s community were apprehensive about it until now. Recently, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) have come up with limited evidence backing up honey’s use in treating cough. There are much more interesting facts about honey and its use available at www.firsteatright.com.
Frankly, coughs are the result of virus attack which cannot be treated by antibiotics but often hoped to settle down on their own in course of time. Despite repeatedly reinstating the policy of abstaining from antibiotic prescription, physicians keep prescribing antibiotics for cough and cold. Antibiotic resistance is manifesting as a monumental problem which needs to be curbed immediately with the joint efforts from the physician’s community as well as the general public. The latest guideline might help physicians reduce antibiotic prescriptions and also instill confidence in patients to follow up on their physician’s self-care recommendations.
We are generally aware of cough, runny nose and sore throat symptoms. If the symptoms continue to get stronger even after consuming honey and if the person starts experiencing breathlessness, then it necessitates a visit to the physician. The study guidelines also recommend using antibiotics for people suffering from chronic conditions, weakened immune system or when cough is a reason for some other serious illness. Whatever might be the case, one must never give honey to cure cough in babies under the age of one as it might contain bacteria that can cause infant botulism. It is always advisable to meet the pediatrician and follow the instructions as given by him/her
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.