Colds, most coughs, sinusitis, ear infections, sore throats, and other infections often get better without antibiotics, as your body can usually fight these infections on its own. 

For information about how long these infections usually last, as well as signs and symptoms to prompt a GP visit, click here. Please remember, you can also use e-consult to consult with your GP online, via this website. 

Children:

For children, please see the "when should I worry" document, available here.