Throat Swab

A throat swab is done to diagnose bacterial infection of the throat like strep throat. The sample collected from a throat swab is checked for the presence of organisms that can cause an infection.

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What are the signs of tonsillitis?

Query: Hi doctor, My 15 year old daughter always gets sick. When I take her to the doctor, every time he used to say it as viral infection. This is the fifth time in a year she has been sick with the same symptoms. Her symptoms are cough, low fever, sore throat and yellowish white colored mucus covering h...  Read Full »


Dr. Geeta Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me first enlighten you about tonsils. Tonsils are a pair of soft tissues located on either side of your pharynx. They are lymphoid tissue and play an important role in immune system to fight infections and act as first line defense for throat infections. ...  Read Full »

Does my throt swab show MRSA infection?

Query: Hello doctor, Is my throat swab wrong? Do I have MRSA? There is lymph node swelling and cobblestone appearance from 5 to 6 months. Tried different antibiotics but were not helpful.  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is not MRSA at all. It is a staphylococcal infection (attachment removed to protect ptient identity).  Read Full »

Throat swab shows Staphylococcus aureus in URTI patient. Is it serious?

Query: Hello doctor, I had symptoms of cold, cough and severe throat pain since five days and I was diagnosed with URTI and I underwent a throat swab for CS and report was identified as Staphylococcus aureus grown in culture. Is it anything to worry or normal? Please can I know.  Read Full »


Dr. Afnan

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Staphylococcus aureus is a normal flora bacteria, if sensitive. Can you please tell me exactly if it is sensitive or resistant? Now, if you are taking any medications, continue with those medications. Like Paracetamol, Brufen (Ibuprofen), warm saline gargles, steam. If...  Read Full »

Can a viral infection increase the ESR level?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 30 years old male. My recent blood report shows high ESR level (48 mm/hr). I am having a cough, fever, and a headache since eight days. The doctor told me that I have a viral infection, and has given me antibiotics and a cough syrup. Please guide.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to the history, you have an upper respiratory tract infection. You need to do the following investigations. Physical examination. Auscultation. CBC (complete blood count). Throat swab for culture or ASO (antistreptolysin O) titer. If auscultation is suspicious, ...  Read Full »

I have severe throat pain. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I feel as though I may have Streptococcus infection or tonsillitis. I have been fine healthwise. All of a sudden this morning I woke up with severe throat pain. I am Type A Streptococcus. When I had Streptococcus infection, my lymph nodes never hurt too much and they were never too swolle...  Read Full »


Dr. Geeta Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The condition you have is URTI (upper respiratory tract infection) with odynophagia (pain on swallow). It includes GAS (group A Streptococcus) causing tonsillitis and tonsillopharyngitis. It is an infectious disease and usually a childhood disease. Recurrent strep...  Read Full »

Is it normal for my epiglottis to appear yellowish and red-veined?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 16 year old female, 5 feet in height and weigh around 65 kg. For the past few days, I have been having swollen lymph nodes all over my neck, a severe sore throat and tonsils which I assumed was just tonsilitis as I have had it before. However, I have been experiencing constant h...  Read Full »


Dr. Ganeshkumar Suresh Satpute

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems that you have severe pharyngitis with tonsillitis and epiglottitis. It could be a viral or bacterial epiglottitis. This usually resolves with antibiotics, but could also become very sever...  Read Full »

Are my lymph nodes swollen due to an allergy to fried foods?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35 year old male. I had a fever of 37.8oC on the eighth of last month, which only lasted for a day. But the fever was followed by few symptoms. After the fever, my lymph nodes at the back of my ear were swollen. I also had a sore throat and mouth ulcers. My body felt itchy, and I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Are you still having enlarged lymph nodes? Are those painful to touch? Is the size still the same as when you observed first? Is there any change? Do you have any throat pain now? Was any throat swab test done? Any blood test? Any difficulty or pain while swallowing or...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some medicine for cold, cough and itchy throat.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a sever cold and cough since couple of days. Please suggest me some good medicine, There is itching in the throat as well.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to the history provided, it could be pharyngitis associated with upper respiratory tract infection. Your work up should be done as follows. Auscultation. Chest x-ray, only if auscultation doubtful. CBC with AEC (complete blood count with absolute eosinop...  Read Full »

Does my sore throat look like strep?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from sore throat. Three days ago, it initially started with pain and the redness appeared shortly after. I have had strep about three times now. It hurts when I yawn and swallow. I feel a little dry even though I have been gargling with water. I woke up this morning with a ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are happy to help you. With the details you have provided and the photo you shared (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I have come to the conclusion that you are having an acute tonsillopharyngitis. This is the infection of pharynx (upper part of...  Read Full »

What tests to take for sore throat so I can get a proper diagnosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from mild headache. I have a sore throat. What reports should I go for so the doctor can get a proper diagnosis for me?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com Here are few investigations that can be done for sore throat: ASO titer. CBC (complete blood count). Throat swab done only if needed. For symptomatic relief, I suggest taking a decongestant like Levocetirizine 5 mg OD for five days and Vitamin C 500 mg for five d...  Read Full »

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