Tldr: got prescribed antibiotics for tonsils affected by viral. Throat ache, fever, ear pain, mild cold and cough. I got throat pain (without cold), fever (101°c) and body ache four days ago. I only took paracetamol that day for the fever, no other medicines. Yesterday night, temperature had dropped down to 98.8°c without taking paracetamol all day and my throat was feeling better. But today morning, I woke up with a mild cold and pain in my left ear, and a slight cough. Throat pain has reduced. I consulted a doctor and he said I have a viral and my tonsils are infected. But, he prescribed an antibiotic augmentin and ear drops otek ac neo (which is apparently an anaesthetic+antibiotic). My concern is, should I take the five day antibiotic course? I'm worried that it's unnecessary and I might grow resistant to the antibiotic/side effects. The throat and ear ache is constant, but not severe. Sharp pain in ear when I burp.