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For a rapid strep test, the throat and
tonsils are swabbed to collect bacteria from the infected area for testing. The
bacteria are analyzed to see whether Group A strep (streptococcal) bacteria are causing
the sore throat.
A good sample of throat secretions is needed to make sure
the test is accurate. A person must remain very still during the procedure so
that the doctor is able to collect enough secretions for an accurate
Results of a rapid strep test are available in 10 to 15
A rapid strep test may be done in the
In general, it is not necessary to test people who have
been exposed to strep throat but do not have any symptoms.
Findings of a rapid strep test may include the
A normal or negative test means
that strep bacteria may not be present.
An abnormal or positive strep
test means that strep bacteria are present.
The rapid strep test costs less than a
throat culture and may diagnose strep throat quickly.
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDonald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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