Information for the public
If you have not been offered antibiotics, this is because your RTI should clear up on its own. See above for more information on how long RTIs usually last and Managing symptoms for more information on how you can help relieve the symptoms.
You should be reassured that antibiotics are not necessary immediately because they will not help your symptoms. In addition, antibiotics can cause unpleasant side effects, such as sickness, diarrhoea or skin rashes. You should make another appointment if your infection gets worse or lasts for longer than expected.