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Are there any over-the-counter rapid strep throat tests?

Are there any over-the-counter rapid strep throat tests?

No: An office or facility must have a lab certification through the feds to use this diagnostic tool. At the least it requires a physician/lab director licensed in the state and be subject to inspection and regular registration updates. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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I have a sore throat and feel a strep throat coming on. Is there any over-the-counter medication I can take to prevent this from happening?

I have a sore throat and feel a strep throat coming on. Is there any over-the-counter medication I can take to prevent this from happening?

No: Strep throat is a bacterial infection that takes root no matter what preventative measures you may employ. Now if it's a viral infection instead, then some homeopathic remedies may help a bit, like echinacea. However, staying well hydrated and resting is the best medicine. ...Read more

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What tests do they do for strep throat?

What tests do they do for strep throat?

Depends: In most cases a quick strep preformed on a throat swab will be all that is needed if positive. If negative some might do a backup culture. If the pattern of your symptoms suggests a more involved process, a blood test for mono may be done, but these can be falsely negative early in the illness. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a strep throat test feel like?

Please tell me what does a strep throat test feel like?

QUICK STREP TEST: Is an easy, valuable test done in most of the offices with result in 10 min. With a q-tip, the doctor will touch your both tonsils and back of pharynx (each one second- total 3 sec. To take swab). Some people has strong gag reflux, so agitation makes this scary. ...Read more

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Can swab test culture test done to check for strep throat be false -ve?

Can swab test culture test done to check for strep throat be false -ve?

Strep throat: A rapid strep test could be false negative. A culture, if the specimen is obtained properly, should not have a false neg. ...Read more

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What happens when you get test for strep throat?

What happens when you get test for strep throat?

Tesing for strep: Two major ways to test for strep throat. 1. Q-tip swab to touch the throat are to test the germ by quick test. ..5 minutes or swab is sent to the lab for culture which takes 24 hours. If the test is positive you have strep throat and should be treated with an antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have a white patch in the back of my throat. I usually think of this as having strep throat. Test came back neg. What could this be then?

I have a white patch in the back of my throat. I usually think of this as having strep throat. Test came back neg. What could this be then?

Thrush/Mono/CMV: If you took antibiotics this could be thrush caused by yeast overgrowth. Mononucleosis and cytomegalovirus infection can cause exudative pharyngitis. Other causes of pharyngitis include gonorrhea, diptheria, arcanobacterium and various viruses. ...Read more

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I have a low fever diaherria strep throat and bad migranes what type of OTC medicine should I take?

See the doctor: If you have "strep" throat, which indicates infection by bacteria named streptococcus, you will need to take antibiotics. This is confirmed by testing by your provider. But, not all sore throats are due to strep throat. Your primary care doctor will be able to determine this by taking a throat culture. Often, sore throats are caused by viruses, which are self-limited. ...Read more

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Blood test positive for strep, But I don't remember having strep throat recently. Where could it come from? 10 days on penicillin, Should that clear it up

Blood test positive for strep, But I don't remember having strep throat recently. Where could it come from? 10 days on penicillin, Should that clear it up

Hard to say: I assume you are commenting on a strep antibody test, since you would be very sick with strep in your blood. Adults can have ASO and similar tests at higher than expected levels form rather insignificant illnesses. A single skin infection, minor sore throat, or other issue can push up a titer. In the absence of symptoms it is viewed as a curiosity, not a sign of active disease. ...Read more

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I'm still not feeling good I feel like I have strep throat dr said I don't still have fever I know dr doing more tests can I take something to help me?

I'm still not feeling good I feel like I have strep throat dr said I don't still have fever I know dr doing more tests can I take something to help me?

Gargles & symptom Rx: I would advice you to treat yourself symptomatically including frequent warm salt water gargles. I am sure your physician is doing work up for cause including testing for Mononucleosis to treat afterwards if necessary. ...Read more

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I feel I have strep throat- doc did not test me for strep- simply said I have the flu. He Gave me zpack. Would zpack treat strep if I had it?

I feel I have strep throat- doc did not test me for strep- simply said I have the flu. He Gave me zpack. Would zpack treat strep if I had it?

Yes: Z-pak will treat strep throat, but the package insert recommends a slightly higher dose for strep, so there is a slightly higher chance of recurrence of the dose pack is used for strep. The "flu" is a viral infection, however, and does not respond to antibiotics. ...Read more

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When I get sick its always broncitis/strep throat. What could I get OTC that will get rid of the mucus and cough, shorten my "cold"?

When I get sick its always broncitis/strep throat. What could I get OTC that will get rid of the mucus and cough, shorten my "cold"?

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have strep throat without white spots? My doctor said it might be strep, but I have to wait for the test & pain is unbearable. Help!

Is it possible to have strep throat without white spots? My doctor said it might be strep, but I have to wait for the test & pain is unbearable. Help!

It is possible for: Streptococcus Group A to cause a sore throat and fever with findings of redness without pus. It is also possible to be a carrier of "strep" & have a viral sore throat & fever. Your doctor is wise to await throat culture results, especially if Rapid-Strep test was negative, so as not to give you unnecessary antibiotics. The clinical course is not shortened, but If +, take all 10 days of Penicillin ...Read more

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Doc did a rapid test & I have strep throat. How can I disinfect my house & keep my germs from spreading to other family members I have a mask on?

Doc did a rapid test & I have strep throat. How can I disinfect my house & keep my germs from spreading to other family members I have a mask on?

24 hours.: Non infectious after 24 hours on antibiotics. No need for mask if you are not coughing or sneezing and you can use reasonable respiratory etiquette. Do not share utensils / food or have mucous membrane contact until you have completed 24 hours.

Could wipe potentially exposed areas with simple soap and water or dilute bleach. ...Read more

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Tested negative on swab test for strep throat. But sore throat has been 1week. Is it normal to have a sore throat this long? Throat feels so dry too

Mgt: Some viral illnesses may causes a prolonged sore throat. If you have fever, chills, swollen nodes, another swab may be sent for testing.
In the meantime, throat lozenges and warm liquids can provide relief.
If you have a smoking history, then you should also be screened for malignancy. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor and told my symptoms he looked into my mouth and said I have strep throat without doing any other tests is this wrong?

I went to the doctor and told my symptoms he looked into my mouth and said I have strep throat without doing any other tests is this wrong?

Not necessarily: Though the more accurate information should be I believe or think you have Strep throat based upon your history and my examination ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more