St Paul Strep Screening
Sore throats are a common occurrence for children, but how do you know when they’re caused by strep? If you suspect that your child has strep throat, take them to get an expert strep screening in St Paul at Dakota Pediatrics. Common symptoms of this illness include throat pain, swollen tonsils, fever, a headache, rashes, nausea and body aches. Strep throat is difficult to diagnose without a visit to your provider. Take your child to get the accurate strep test St Paul parents rely on.
If your child’s symptoms are consistent with strep throat, a rapid strep test is typically performed which gives accurate results in a few minutes. If the results are positive, an antibiotic is be prescribed. If the rapid test is negative, we perform a throat culture to confirm the result as throat culture is still the most accurate test for strep. The only downside with a throat culture is that results may take 24 to 48 hours.
If our St Paul strep test indicates that your child has strep, antibiotics will stop the infection from spreading. Untreated, strep throat can cause an abscess near the tonsils or lead to dangerous illnesses like rheumatic fever. Strep throat is a bacterial infection, so it is contagious. When you think your child has strep throat, call our clinic to schedule an appointment and get fast results and treatment.