To determine whether or not you have strep throat, your doctor will perform a thorough examination of your throat and check for signs of inflammation. Your doctor may also check your neck for swollen lymph nodes and ask about other symptoms. If your doctor suspects you have strep throat, they may also do a rapid strep test in the office. This test determines whether your sore throat is caused by a strep infection or another type of bacteria or germ. Your doctor swabs the back of your throat with a long cotton swab to collect a sample.
At the Medical Center of Marin, we’re able to quickly test this sample on-site to determine whether you are suffering from strep throat or some similar condition.