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Honey better for coughs than antibiotics






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Doctors have some advice for people with coughs. They are telling people not to visit a doctor but to drink or eat honey or get some medicine from a drugstore instead. Doctors say that in most cases, honey will work and people do not need antibiotics. The doctors added that most of the time, a cough will get better on its own in two to three weeks, even without medicine. Many of us go to see a doctor at a hospital or clinic if we have a cough. Doctors in England say this is usually a waste of time. They say antibiotics do little to make a cough go away.

Doctors say we use antibiotics too much. This can be bad for us. Many viruses are becoming resistant to antibiotics, so medicines are working less. Doctors say this is creating superbugs. These can be dangerous to our health. Doctors say honey can help to soothe a sore throat and make other symptoms disappear. A hot drink with honey is a traditional remedy for coughs. People sometimes add lemon or ginger to it. Honey may be good for children with coughs. Many children do not like medicine but love the taste of honey. Younger children usually do not like visiting a doctor.

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