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what is a nasal swab test

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Nasal swab test: Swabbing the nasal mucosa is done for multiple reasons to test for allergy cells, infection or to look at the structure of the respiratory cells in th ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Yes it could because it is a live inactivated virus.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Accurate if positive: If a nasal swab flu test is positive, it is a very reliable result. The swab is nasopharyngeal, meaning the swab goes to the back of the nose to get a ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sanjay Agarwal
25 years experience Pulmonology
Test: It is 'polymerase chain reaction' test request for diagnosis of pertussis bug in the sample and is a good one.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience Pediatrics
Flu test: Rapid tests for influenza involve taking a swab of the nose. More definite diagnosis involves 2 blood tests - one during the acute illness and another ... Read More
A 69-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Erickson
8 years experience General Practice
Adrenal/Pituitary: A cortisol swab test is used to determine cortisol levels in the saliva. This is to help identify if cortisol levels are being effected by diseases su ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Germs you carry: The nasal membranes are a luxurious environment for germs to grow and end up on your fingers where they are spread to the environment.Screening nasal ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not: There is very little is any data that would support the use of saliva to evaluate one for allergy.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: No and why would you want to test for it in the first place?
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
UTI: No. This is a test for nicotine in your body. This nicotine urine test is used to determine active tobacco use. The cutoff is set high to exclude pass ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Young
8 years experience Internal Medicine
Screening: A 24 hour urine collection for 5hiaa is a screening test for carcinoid syndrome. There are certain foods and meds that need to be avoided for several ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Addiction: You will find that the doctors here are very concerned that all those with addiction problems find recovery. It is against our ethical concern to try ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
No: No.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Potent anti: Inflammatory, helps with pain.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience Family Medicine
Vaginal swab: A positive swab test could mean that you have a bacterial infection or that you have a viral infection with something like human papilloma virus. Chec ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Sherman
37 years experience Infectious Disease
Looking 4 infection: The swab was most likely for a culture of infectious microbes like gonorrhea or chlamydia (two common sexually transmitted diseases). There are now al ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Any NAAT, urine: Probably you mean specimen collection at home, sending it to a lab. (No self test for chlamydia is approved or available in the US.) Any lab-based NAA ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Removal of tissue: A nasal biopsy is the removal of a small piece of tissue from the interior of the nose. Depending on the location, purpose and size of the biopsy, th ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Keeping balance: See this site for a description of the test and normal response. http://www.neuroexam.com/neuroexam/content.php?p=37.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Q-tip: A swab is like a q-tip and it it is swept over a herpes lesion (open one, usually) to get a specimen for culture. The only other way to test for herp ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes antibody?: Probably you mean herpes antibody, not antibiotic. Antibodies are proteins that the immune system produces to help fight infection. A positive test fo ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam King
Dr. Adam King answered
14 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
GBS: Group b strep (gbs) is one of many bacteria that live on most people's body. When it lives on or around the vaginal area, a newborn baby has a higher ... Read More
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