Information for the public
If you think that your care does not match what is described in this information, please talk to a member of your healthcare team.
When you first see the doctor or nurse practitioner (a nurse with specialist training who can prescribe some medications), he or she should ask about your symptoms, what medicines or treatments you have been taking, your medical history and whether you have any other medical conditions that might be important. The doctor or nurse practitioner may examine you. For example, he or she may listen to your chest through a stethoscope or look in your ears through an otoscope.
The doctor or nurse practitioner should ask about your own concerns and expectations when talking to you about whether antibiotics are needed.
If you have an RTI that is expected to clear up on its own, you should be offered either a delayed prescription for antibiotics or no prescription at all. The rest of this information tells you more about RTIs and when antibiotics work best.