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Rapid strep test vs throat culture

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

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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
See PCP: How long have they been there? Any discomfort? Can you brush the back of your tongue and it goes away? It could be yeast. See pcp for further test.
Dr. James Manning
Dentistry 43 years experience
Any pain/discomfort.: You don't say if you're having pain or discomfort from this. If you're having pain then this could be another type of infection, including thrush. I... 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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Can be: Any of these tests can be falsely negative at any point, but they can be positive as soon as there are living strep germs present in the throat. Many ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some basics: A percentage of the population will carry strep A year round without ever getting infected. The fraction ranges from 5-20%+/- with the change of seaso... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
YES: The majority of throat infections in that age group are viral and many are quite painful. This includes mono and several other viruses. These do not b... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not necessarily: While mono is one of many viral causes of soar throats, I would not be overly concerned about not testing.The luck among us get it in childhood when i... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Marks
Emergency Medicine 12 years experience
Probably strep: Sounds more like strep, rapid strep cultures are only 70% accurate and separate longer test is much advisable along with the rapid, strep patients als... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yelena Kipervas
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Explanation : Unfortunately it happens and called strep carrier. Difficult to rid of this especially in winter time. What really helpful is : gargle the mouth with ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Not unusual: Group C strep is frequently found on throat culture and is part of the normal flora that reside in the throat. As such, it's role as the causative ag... Read More

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