Treatable pbm. While viruses cause most of the sore throats, strep is common & treatable. Initiation of treatment as soon as DX is confirmed limits your potential to spread it to others. A rapid test helps verify DX & reduce abx use based on suspicion. Untreated strep can result in heart/kidney & neurologic pbs in some so accurate DX & rx is important. If your exam suggests strep, but you have no pain, I will test.
Yes. Normal is not the right question. Is it "okay" to have a rapid strep test - yes, as long as it is followed up with a culture if the rapid test is negative. These rapid tests are over 95% accurate.