I hope this doesn’t cross the line into asking for medical advice; I think it shouldn’t, as I’m not asking about myself, nor am I looking for info that I will use to choose a course of action.
My father’s in his mid-seventies. For the past week or so he’s had symptoms of a cold–runny nose, slight fever, hoarseness, and so forth. He goes through this every other month or so and generally prefers to treat it with a horrid concoction of lemon & garlic based tea. This episode has been quite intransigent, though, and I and my sisters have been nagging him to go to the doctor. He doesn’t like doing so. The other day, one of my sisters called for him and managed to get a prescription for 10 amoxicillins, without him ever being examined. This is the first time he’s gotten this scrip.
Could a doctor or nurse practitioner have diagnosed him well enough over the phone to justify this?