Strep Throat Concern, will I require a throat swab?

Patient

Q: Hello, I have a docotor appointment later today, and I am concerned about the strep test or throat culture. I do not think I have strep throat, but I do have a slightly sore throat. I don't show any other symptoms besides a general ill feeling. I believe I just have a virus that is going around, but I am still really worried. My main question is, do you think my doctor will find it neccesary to preform the strep test on me? My mom asked them not to, but I am still worried. Please provide any insight you have!

Doctor

A:   If you have fever, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes on the neck, there is a high chance that you may be having strep throat and your doctor may not need to take a throat swab and may treat you emperically. Though I would presume, he would get a throat swab done if he found your symptoms to be indicative of strep throat. A throat swab is routinely performed and only causes a slight momentary discomfort.

Related Q&A

Q: Reference ID 541038. I wanted to write to advise how I am going. I have been on the multi vitamin and the other vitam...

Q: I have pain when breathing in mainly in my throat but if I strain myself I have some pain in upper chest throats and ...

Q: I had a negative strep test 4 days ago but now I have white spot on my throat

Q: I've had a sore throats now for more than a week with what feels like swollen painful glands. I have a history of sin...

Q: Hello. Can you please diagnose from the images provided what is wrong with my throat, and what I can do to treat/heal...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews