Thursday, November 09, 2017 02:00 AM

WHAT REALLY WORKS TO FIGHT A STUBBORN COUGH?

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for a cough[1] remedy this cold[2] season, you might be out of luck.

Nothing has been proven to work that well, according to a new report from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

After reviewing clinical trials[3] testing everything from cough syrups[4] to zinc, an ACCP panel came to some less-than-positive conclusions: Over-the-counter medicines -- including cold and cough[5] products and anti-inflammatory painkillers -- cannot be recommended.

Nor is there evidence supporting most home remedies -- though, the group says, honey is worth a shot for kids.

Every season, most people probably battle at least one cold-induced cough, said report author Dr. Mark Malesker.

And they apparently want relief. In 2015, Americans spent more than $9.5 billion on over-the-counter cold/cough/allergy

News source: MedicineNet

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