23rd August 2018
Honey and over-the-counter medicines should be the first line of treatment for most people with coughs, new guidelines recommend.
Antibiotics should rarely be prescribed by doctors for coughs because in most cases they do little to improve symptoms, health officials say.
Most of the time a cough will improve on its own within two to three weeks. The new recommendations for doctors are intended to help tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance. Overusing antibiotics is making infections harder to treat, by creating drug-resistant superbugs.
The draft recommendations are part of a raft of new antibiotic prescribing guidelines being developed jointly by PHE and NICE.
The consultation on the new guidelines closes on 20 September.
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