Cough misinformation could lead to over-prescribing antibiotics

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 9:56am

Did you know the average cough lasts seventeen days, yet most adults think it should only last a week? A new study out of the University of Georgia found patients think a cough should last nine days at the most and most thought a cough should be gone within five days.

Researchers say this misinformation could lead to doctors over-prescribing antibiotics, even though these types of drugs don't work in a majority of coughing cases.


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