Throat Swabs

If your child is aged between 4-19 and has a sore throat, then we can take a throat swab to test for Strep Throat.

Sore throats can lead to Rheumatic fever which can lead to Heart damage.

 

What is Strep Throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and pain in the throat. This common condition is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat can affect children and adults of all ages. However, it’s especially common in children between the ages of 5 and 15. Sneezing and coughing can spread the infection from one person to another.

How do you treat Strep Throat?

Antibiotics.

If you’re diagnosed with strep throat, you will need an antibiotic to treat the infection. These medications inhibit the spread of bacteria and infections. We can prescribe you the appropriate course of anitbiotics once we have the results from our lab.

It’s important that you finish your antibiotic treatment course to kill the infection completely. Some people stop taking their medication when symptoms improve, which can trigger a relapse. If this happens, the symptoms can return.