This is part of a strategy to combat antibiotic resistance: scientists are concerned about the approach of a “bacterial apocalypse”. People use antibiotics thoughtlessly, and because of this, microorganisms mutate. They learn to survive even under the influence of drugs, and drugs simply stop working. It becomes much more difficult to cure the infection. If this continues, we will remain vulnerable to bacteria. This was said in 1946 by Alexander Fleming – the inventor of penicillin.
A cough caused by a cold goes away on its own within two to three weeks. It is caused by viruses that cannot be treated with antibiotics: they will have little effect on the symptoms and the side effects are serious. Dysbacteriosis, nausea, diarrhea, thrush – getting rid of a cough is simply not worth all this trouble. However, 48% of British doctors prescribe antibiotics to their patients for SARS, influenza and bronchitis.
What exactly do health department experts suggest replacing antibiotics with?
- Hot tea with honey, lemon and ginger
- Tea protects against dehydration. Honey contains live bacteria that kill harmful microorganisms. Ginger relieves pain and inflammation. Lemon peel is a natural antiseptic.
- This remedy is not suitable for children under one year: bacteria in honey can cause botulism in infants.
Medicines with pelargonium extract, guaifenesin or dextromethorphan
- If you are allergic to honey, pharmaceuticals will help.
- In what cases may antibiotics be needed? Scientists identify two possible situations:
- If a cough is a symptom of a disease more serious than a cold;
- If there is a risk of complications.
- In any case, they must be prescribed by a doctor, self-medication is unacceptable.