Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) are the most frequent reason for antibiotic prescriptions. However, most of these infections are caused by viruses; therefore, antibiotics do not work and can lead to negative side effects. The misuse of antibiotics can also lead to other infective organisms developing resistance to the antibiotics, a serious problem worldwide. Honey is a well-known at-home therapy for treating cough in children. Now researchers are looking at the medical evidence for using honey in other people with upper respiratory tract infections. They have found that honey is effective in reducing cough frequency and severity – these are the most common symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. There are currently very few effective options that doctors can prescribe for these infections, so honey can be used as an alternative to antibiotics. This can help to combat antibiotic resistance. There are few, if any, side effects to small doses of honey.