Honey outperforms usual care for upper respiratory tract infections | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 23, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 23, 2020

Honey outperforms usual care for upper respiratory tract infections

Honey is better than many common remedies for upper respiratory tract infections, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine.

Researchers examined data from 14 randomised trials comparing honey with placebo or various usual-care remedies in patients with upper respiratory tract infections. Among the findings:

• Two of three studies comparing honey with placebo showed a beneficial effect on combined symptoms.

• Honey was superior to usual care for improving cough severity, cough frequency, and combined symptoms.

• When usual-care remedies were examined separately, honey outperformed diphenhydramine and was similar to dextromethorphan.

The researchers conclude: "When clinicians wish to prescribe for [upper respiratory infections], we would recommend honey as an alternative to antibiotics. Honey is more effective and less harmful than usual care alternatives and avoids causing harm through antimicrobial resistance."

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