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NICE draft guidelines recommend to avoid prescription of antibiotics as a first-line treatment for acute cough
Autumn is enjoyable time as it brings many seasonal joys, but it can also bring several health issues, one of them being cough. The most common cause of cough is a respiratory tract infection, such as cold or flu. Respiratory tract infections are usually caused by viruses, which cannot be treated by antibiotics. However, research has found that 48% of UK GP practices have prescribed antibiotics for cough or bronchitis. New proposed guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) says that doctors should recommend honey, herbal remedies and cough medicines as a first-line treatment for acute cough. These new recommendations support the reduction of antibiotic prescriptions and are intended to help tackle antibiotic resistance.
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