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Rapid Strep Test

Delivering accurate rapid strep test with quick turnaround and the right treatment! 

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What is the Rapid Strep Test?

A rapid strep test is done by swabbing the throat followed by analyzing the swab. It is done to determine the presence of group A streptococcus bacteria, which can lead to strep throat and other diseases, in just a few minutes (including scarlet fever, abscesses, and pneumonia).

Strep throat refers to a bacterial infection that happens in the tonsils and the back of the throat, leading to inflammation and swelling as well as a sore throat that makes it challenging to swallow.

Your kid may develop yellow or white spots, a covering over the throat and tonsils, swollen lymph nodes in the neck that are sore to the touch, and other symptoms. The test is also known as a throat culture, strep throat test, group A streptococcus (GAS) throat culture, streptococcus pyogenes, and rapid strep test. 

What is the Purpose of the Rapid Strep Test?

A strep A test is most often conducted to figure out if a sore throat or other symptoms are being caused by a viral infection or strep throat. Antibiotics are often required to treat strep throat. Generally, sore throats are caused by viruses. In case of viral infections, antibiotics are not efficient. However, viral sore throats generally go away on their own.

How to Prepare Your Kids for Rapid Strep Test?

Tell your kids to stay still during the process so that enough secretions can be collected for an accurate test. Make sure to tell your doctor if your child has been on antibiotics recently. One more thing–don’t have your child use mouthwash before the test as it may impact test results.

What to Expect from Rapid Strep Test?

Your kid will be asked to tilt their head back and open their mouth as wide as they can.

Then, a health professional will take a flat step to press down your child’s tongue to assess the mouth and throat. A soft, clean cotton swab will be lightly brushed over the back of the throat, around the tonsil, and over any swollen or affected areas to get a sample.

A health professional can sometimes use two swabs so that the second swab can be sent for a throat culture if the rapid strep test results are found negative. Swabbing is valid for only a few seconds. The sample collected by the swab is then examined in a lab.


State of the Art Machines and Technology:

We are equipped with the latest lab technology operated by an experienced pathologist to ensure accurate results. These machines used in the collection, testing and tracking has let us get quick delivery of test report. Moreover, we stay up to date with the progress in the field of lab technology so that we ensure you the latest development in diagnostics.

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Highly Trained Staff:

We are backed by highly trained and professional lab technicians and pediatricians.

Quick Turnaround:

Most of our tests are done in-house so that we can ensure you the quickest results possible.

Rapid Covid Testing for Children
East Cobb

Rapid PCR Results in 20 minutes. Testing by appointment only.

Pfizer Covid Vaccine is now available for all ages 12 and older including parents. Covid Vaccines open to the public including non-patients.

Call 678-501-5601 to schedule, see FAQ here.