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what is the definition or description of: throat culture?

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Dr. Christopher Hove
Facial Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Throat culture: A throat culture is a test to determine what predominant organism (usually bacterial) is present in the throat when symptoms such as ulcers, pain, swelling or difficulty swallowing exist. A cotton swab is used to lightly touch the back or sides of the throat (pharynx), then smeared onto a culture plate to allow the organisms to multiply for identification. www.mainlineent.com.
Dr. Scott Hackett
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Swab of throat: This is usually done when a throat infection is suspected. One will take a swab of the throat and then place the swab in culture medium. This will then be grown on a culture plate to determine if/what type of bacteria is causing the infection. Both viruses and bacteria can cause throat infections.

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Can my baby catch strep throat?

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What's the best cure for a hoarse throat?

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Hoarseness: The cure depends on the cause... Infections, polyps, nodules, tumors, gerd, vocal abuse, yeast infections, smoking, vocal abuse, etc. Etc. See an ENT doc to figure it out.
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A 69-year-old female asked:

My urine test showed nitrates and leucocytes, but the culture was normal. I'm still very uncomfortable. Should I keep taking antibiotics ?

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Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Treat it: Symptoms of urgency, frequency and burning with the urinary nitrites and leukocytes should be treated. Such infections sometimes do not yield a culture because the specimen was taken after you took the antibiotics or specimen was not collected or transported properly. Symptomatic urinary tract infection should be treated.
A 41-year-old member asked:

After head and neck cancer treatment, how long will it be before I can eat solid food again?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Depends type of surg: Depends on the type and extent of surgery, like thyroid, or parotid gland cancer will be eating by next day, on the other hand jaw, or tongue, or voice box is removed, takes wks to heal and swelling to subside and will able to eat solid foods.

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