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Pertussis was foun: It means that they found evidence that the bacteria that causes whooping cough was present in the nasal passages. This could mean you are a carrier of the disease (could infect others) or if you are having symptoms or repeated, serious cough, then you likely got infected by the pertussis bacteria and have whooping cough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 swabs is one way to find a source for staph or other germ that may not infect the carrier but might cause problems with the rest of their family. ...Read more
Yes but: Mrsa can survive for varying periods on the skin surface but will die unless it has enough moisture supplied as mucous or serum. The reason they swab people looking for MRSA is it can be carried it the moist goopy linings of the nasal passages & be passed as a contaminant on fingers. An outbreak can be traced to asymptomatic people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tell your Dr.: Let your Dr. know. Depending on what kind of surgery you're having, your Dr. may want to use antibiotics. ...Read more
Rapid Influenza test: A nasal swab can be used to test for Influenza A. The rapid tests in the office can be helpful to diagnose Influenza. There are different brands of tests with varying sensitivities. See the site below for additional information http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/diagnosis/rapidlab.htm ...Read more
Rapid screening test: Dfa--direct fluorescent antibody test--a rapid diagnostic test done in the lab that takes 1-2 days to screen for pertussis (whooping cough). While much faster than a culture, this test is not as reliable. A nasal swab is inserted gently into the nostrils toward the throat (posterior nasopharynx). Then fluorescently labeled antibodies are exposed to the sample looking for pertussis antigens/markers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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