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What tests are used for strep throat?

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Your doctor tests for strep throat with a rapid antigen test. The doctor swabs the back of your throat with a cotton-tipped stick to get a sample. You usually get results in about 20 minutes. If the test is negative (meaning no signs of strep are found), the doctor may do what’s called a throat culture. He or she will take more swab samples from the back of your throat and send them to a lab. You may have to wait a couple of days for those results.

From: What Are the Symptoms of Strep Throat? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2018

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Centers for Disease Control and Infection: “Is It Strep Throat?”

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Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus.gov: “Sore Throat.”

KidsHealth.org (Nemours Children’s Health System): “Strep Throat.”

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: “Streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat).”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases & Conditions: Strep Throat.”

Centers for Disease Control and Infection: “Is It Strep Throat?”

“Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer,”  “Scarlet Fever: A Group A Streptococcal Infection,” “Group B Strep Infection in Adults.”

American Family Physician : “Common Questions about Streptococcal Pharyngitis.”

Clinical Infectious Diseases : “Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis: 2012 Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.”

American Academy of Pediatrics (healthychildren.org): “When to Call the Pediatrician: Fever.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases & Conditions: Strep throat,” “Diseases & Conditions: Mononucleosis.”

PubMedHealth (National Center for Biotechnology Information): “Strep Throat: Symptoms.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Tonsils and Adenoids.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Strep Throat: Symptoms.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Swollen Lymph Nodes.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

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