Rapid Strep and Mono Testing in Oxford, MS
At Phillips Pediatrics, we are able to test for various diseases on-site using our laboratory facilities. Two of these rapid tests help us identify a bacterial throat infection caused by strep and a viral infection called mono. Dr. Catherine Phillips is a board-certified pediatrician with extensive experience diagnosing and treating children for strep throat and mono. If your child is showing the following symptoms, call (662) 371-1543 to schedule an appointment at our office in Oxford, MS today!
Rapid Strep Test
One of the first tests performed if an individual shows any signs of having strep throat is called a rapid strep test. The purpose of this screening is to determine whether or not a bacteria called group A streptococcus is present.
As you may have guessed by its name, a rapid strep test only requires a few minutes to garner its results. This is particularly helpful because it allows Dr. Phillips to recommend an appropriate course of treatment right away instead of having to wait several days for the results to return from the lab.
Most cases of strep throat are solved using a prescribed antibiotic. Even if your rapid strep test comes back with negative results, you may still be prescribed medications by Dr. Phillips in order to treat your symptoms. A throat culture may be sent to a lab facility for confirmation if your rapid test is negative. It is not uncommon for a rapid strep test to give a negative result, and then have a throat culture give a positive result for the same patient with streptococcus.
If you begin to notice any of the following symptoms, please contact Phillips Pediatrics as soon as possible to have one of our physicians examine you for strep throat:
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Enlarged tonsils that may also have a red coloring to them
- White patches on your tongue or throat
- A fever
- Swelling of the lymph nodes located along both sides of the neck
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pains, nausea, or vomiting
- A headache
When a rapid strep test is performed, your physician may also complete a routine test for mononucleosis based on your symptoms. This condition presents many of the same symptoms as strep throat, which is why testing is sometimes done for both at the same time.
One way to identify a case of mononucleosis is to check an individual’s antibodies. These antibodies help the body to respond to various diseases, including the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). This infection is often the cause of mononucleosis, which means that when the virus is present, the body will respond by producing more and more antibodies. A monospot test is able to detect whether or not there is an elevated number of antibodies present, which in turn leads to a positive or negative conclusion regarding the presence of mono.
Request an Appointment To Receive Testing
If you suspect that you may have strep throat or mono, please contact Phillips Pediatrics today to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians. They will be able to fully evaluate your symptoms and administer any tests as necessary. To make an appointment at our pediatric office in Oxford, please call (662) 371-1543 or fill out our online form.