A new study has found that prescribing antibiotics for a cough may do more harm than good. Antibiotics don’t speed recovery from a cough. Coughs clear up in a couple of weeks and can be soothed with natural support, like the traditional hot cup of water or tea with honey (and lemon or ginger may help, too).
With antibiotic resistance on the rise, prescribing antibiotics for every cough may actually increase patient’s risk for superbugs—bacterial infections that later can’t be treated by antibiotics. People can carry superbugs like MRSA without symptoms, which then become a problem when the skin is scratched (leading to a red mark that won’t heal, for example), or surfacing as a problem during a time of hospitalization (especially surgery). A weakened immune system plus an antibiotic resistant bug can become a deadly combo.
Instead, when you have a cough start with the traditional basics. If it’s just a cough, hot water or tea with honey. Lemon can help cut phlegm, and ginger can help soothe stomachs irritated by mucus.
If it’s more than a cough, up the support you give yourself. Rest at the first feeling that you’re “coming down with something”. If you have a fever or other flu-like symptoms, definitely stay home and rest!
You can also up your traditional support with colloidal silver. Colloidal silver is an immune supporting supplement—you can take it daily for ongoing support, or as needed when you anticipate illness (like when you travel).
The next time you start coughing, don’t rush to the doctor. Settle in with some traditional support first, like tea with honey and colloidal silver.
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