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Rapid strep test and false positive

A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
+ strep: Extremely unlikely. The test is pretty good (70-90%) at detecting the disease and very good at confirming it (90-100%).

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A female asked:
Dr. Bryant Tran
Family Medicine 5 years experience
Not after 24 hours: The conventional duration of treatment is 10 days to achieve maximal pharyngeal strep eradication rates. However, 5 days of treatment is typically su... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
About 2%: About 2% of the time rapid strep is false positive.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 51 years experience
When you: are symptomatic it can be done. If there is bacteria it will show . Doing it to soon is not a concern and will not give false negative.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Need more info: Why was the test done, if there were no symptoms? Did you confirm the rapid strep with a culture? If there are no symptoms, there is no need to treat ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Not 100%: The strept tests (including the rapid testing) are not 100% accurate, so if your symptoms persist, or get worse, let your dr. Know. Best wishes.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Rapid strep: Even under the best circumstances, the rapid strep is unreliable. If strep throat is a serious concern, I would ask for a culture as well.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes; and Yes but No: Yes, a patient can get diagnosed with strep throat online, but that does not happen very often. The reason is because patients usually have symptoms t... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Strep: Because the risk of taking antibiotics is low and the issues associated with untreated strep are so high, I would recommend just taking the antibiotic... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Mcgranahan
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Many causes: There are many different potential causes for sore throats. While strep throat and mono are two of the most famous causes, there are many other more ... Read More

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