Asked by: Liane Reiff
asked in category: General Last Updated: 30th January, 2020

How does the rapid strep test work?

A rapid strep test involves swabbing the throat and running a test on the swab. The test quickly shows if group A strep is causing the illness. If the test is positive, doctors can prescribe antibiotics. If the test is negative, but a doctor still suspects strep throat, then the doctor can take a throat culture swab.

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Subsequently, one may also ask, what does the rapid strep test detect?

Rapid strep test. The rapid strep test (RST) is a rapid antigen detection test (RADT) that is widely used in clinics to assist in the diagnosis of bacterial pharyngitis caused by group A streptococci (GAS), sometimes termed strep throat.

Additionally, how soon will a strep test show positive? Throat culture test results for bacterial infections are ready in 1 to 2 days, depending on which bacteria are being tested for. Test results for a fungus may take about 7 days. Rapid strep test results are ready in 10 to 15 minutes. This test is only for bacterial infections caused by strep bacteria.

Similarly one may ask, how accurate is the rapid strep test?

Most rapid strep tests have a sensitivity of 95%, meaning that the test will be positive in 95 of 100 patients who are documented to have strep throat via throat culture obtained at the same time.

Can you test negative for strep but still have it?

In some cases, if you have symptoms of a strep infection but your test comes back negative, your doctor may order a throat culture. This means that if your test is negative, you could still have an infection from another type of bacterium or virus.

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