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UK Recommends Honey to Treat Colds

Friday, September 8th 2023 10:00am 6 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

In an effort to address concerns about antibiotic resistance caused by overprescription, health authorities in England are proposing new guidelines that advocate for the use of honey as the primary treatment for coughs. Despite antibiotics being ineffective against viral infections, they are still commonly prescribed for colds and coughs in the UK.

To achieve the goal of reducing inappropriate antibiotic use by 50% by 2021, the UK Department of Health and Social Care has suggested guidelines that promote the use of honey as the initial treatment for coughs. Antibiotics have limited effectiveness in improving symptoms of colds, flu, coughs, and sore throats because they are designed to combat bacterial infections, whereas viral infections generally resolve on their own within one to two weeks.

Honey possesses well-known antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, making it a viable alternative to prescription medications for treating coughs. Try Manuka honey, which has a long history of use in treating bacterial infections and wounds, and can be a beneficial natural remedy for overall health.

Given the increasing concern about antibiotic resistance, it is not surprising that the UK Department of Health and Social Care is proposing guidelines that promote the use of honey and over-the-counter remedies as the first line of treatment for coughs.

Antibiotics have limited effectiveness in improving symptoms of colds, flu, and coughs because they are not designed to combat viral infections. Viral infections typically run their course within one to two weeks.

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