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How come throat swabs are screened for beta-haemolytic colonies?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

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A rapid strep test is a quick method of identifying a specific bacteria in the back of your throat.
However, if you truly have a bacterial infection, this technique will miss other causes of infection. Furthermore, there are people who carry the organism in their throats and are asymptomatic. This is simply a quick method of ruling out strep. Infection when you have a sore throat.

In brief: Quick diagnosis

A rapid strep test is a quick method of identifying a specific bacteria in the back of your throat.
However, if you truly have a bacterial infection, this technique will miss other causes of infection. Furthermore, there are people who carry the organism in their throats and are asymptomatic. This is simply a quick method of ruling out strep. Infection when you have a sore throat.
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