Avoid Pitfalls With Cough Remedies

Patients will ask what works for cough due to the common cold.

Nondrug options should usually be tried first. For example, cool-mist humidifiers help provide moisture to soothe irritated airways...and drinking fluids can make it easier to expel secretions.

Don't be surprised if your pharmacist suggests taking plain honey for cough...up to 2 teaspoons at bedtime or as needed. But kids under one year should avoid taking honey...due to botulism risk.

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