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Over The Counter Strep Throat Test
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 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
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
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
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter gets strep throat every 2 months. They never run strep tests. Could this be something else, Like Epstein Barr. I have Epstein Barr. Thanks?
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?
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
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
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
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?
How is it possible that 3 yrs daughter & 4 yrs son had exactly same symptoms i.e. strawbery tounge fever & sore throat but swab test after culture for strep throat is only +ve for daughter.
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