If you wake up with a sore throat and a fever, rapid strep testing can pinpoint your discomfort immediately. At Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center, with two convenient locations in the Midwood and Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York, the team offers rapid strep testing onsite. This allows for prompt diagnosis, ensuring you recover as quickly as possible. To schedule your appointment, call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.
A throat culture is a type of diagnostic test used to diagnose bacterial infections that affect the throat. The streptococcus bacteria responsible for strep throat is highly contagious and spreads through aerosols or microscopic water droplets. A throat swab culture can detect strep throat and keep you from spreading it to your friends, family members, or co-workers.
Most sore throats occur due to viruses. Sore throats caused by viruses usually resolve on their own using conservative care measures of care like resting, drinking plenty of fluids, and using over-the-counter medications. However, if your symptoms persist, it may be due to a bacterial infection, which is why it’s important to be tested.
Rapid strep testing can pinpoint the underlying cause of your sore throat. It also allows for early intervention. Strep throat is highly contagious, so the sooner it’s detected, the better.
On the day of your rapid strep test, you should avoid using an antiseptic mouthwash. It’s also important that you tell your Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center provider if you’re currently taking antibiotics, as they can negatively affect the results of your test.
If your son or daughter is the one getting a rapid strep test, encourage them to sit still. The process of swabbing the throat is quick and painless, but it may trigger their gag reflex.
At Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center, the team performs rapid strep testing onsite. During your appointment, your provider carefully tilts your head back and asks you to open your mouth and stick out your tongue.
Next, your provider takes a sterile cotton swab and rubs it across your throat and against your tonsils. The swab collects bacteria samples that your provider sends to the onsite laboratory.
The laboratory places your throat swab onto a plate that encourages bacterial growth. The laboratory then conducts a series of chemical tests to determine if there are any harmful bacteria present. The entire process takes just a few minutes, so you receive your results right away.
If your Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center provider determines that you have strep throat, they develop a custom care plan.
Usually, this involves a combination of prescription antibiotics and over-the-counter pain medications to ease swelling and discomfort. You should also stay home for a day or two until you’re no longer contagious.
To schedule your rapid strep testing appointment at Allhealth Diagnostic & Treatment Center, call the office nearest you or book online today.