Sore Throat | Diagnosis & Tests

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What tests may be used to find the cause of my sore throat?

Your doctor may do a rapid strep test, a throat culture or both. A rapid strep test will give results fast--usually within about 15 minutes. But the test won't tell if your sore throat is caused by a bacterium other than Streptococcus or if it's caused by a virus. A throat culture takes longer--between 24 and 48 hours--but it's more accurate. If your doctor thinks you may have mono, he or she will probably do a blood test.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/11
Created: 01/96

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