I have a severe sore thoart for over a week went to the doctor negative strep test have been over
I have a severe sore thoart for over a week, went to the doctor negative strep
test have been over a week coughing is worse and headache 24/7. I have taking
tylenol and nyquil to go to bed not helping. The doctor did a rapid strep test
and sent it to the lab. What is wrong with me?
Hi, it is possible that the rapid strep test may be negative even in the presence of strep infection especially when it is done too early when the load of bacteria is small and throat swab culture can be done. If this is negative, it suggests a viral infection and if positive then antibiotics needs to be started depending on the sensitivity of the microorganism to a specific drugs in the report for which I suggest you to consult your physician. Thanks.