If you suspect strep, you'll want to have your child's throat swabbed and the cells cultured to ID whether the bacteria are present. This laboratory test, the gold standard, takes twenty-four hours to confirm the presence of the virus, but many docs do a preliminary rapid antibody test (or rapid test) that recognizes strep, and takes only five minutes. If the rapid test is positive, your doc will prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection. If it's negative, she will still order a throat culture or a DNA probe (a more specific test) to definitively rule out strep throat. The results usually come back the next day.
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