Test for Throat Infection

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Also known as: Throat culture
Formal name: Group A streptococcus; Group A beta haemolytic streptococcus; streptococcus pyogenes

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To diagnose a possible bacterial infection of the throat (usually Streptococcus pyogene)

When to Get Tested?

If you have a sore throat and fever and your doctor thinks it may have a bacterial cause (although most sore throats are caused by viruses and won't require antibiotics)

Sample Required?

A swab brushed against your throat and tonsils