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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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I am worried that my son may have swine flu. Should we get him tested for swine flu?

Query: Hello doctor, My 26 month old son had a 100-degree fever yesterday morning. So, I gave him Combiflam and he was fine the entire day. The next morning, he got a fever of 103-degree. So, we took him to the doctor, who said that it is a throat infection. Besides a fever and mild cough, he did not have ...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If he is active otherwise, I suggest you continue the medicines which the doctor has prescribed for one more day and closely monitor him. If he is easily tired, and not too active, then the swine flu test can be considered. If he is active but, a high fever continues ...  Read Full »

I have flu-like symptoms that are worsening. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I became sick yesterday, and it just seems to be getting worse. I can barely stay awake. I have flu-like symptoms, including severe aches in muscles and joints, pain and tiredness around the eyes, weakness or extreme fatigue, warm, flushed skin, red and watery eyes, a headache, sore thr...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. This is the flu season, and winter started out of nowhere. This sudden change in weather leads to more flu cases than cold weather, which kicks in gradually. People are not acclimatized yet, so it is highly suggested to observe all ...  Read Full »

Can lymph nodes swell due to an allergy to fried foods?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 35-year-old male. I had a fever of 100.2 degrees Fahrenheit on the eighth of last month, which only lasted for a day. But the fever was followed by a 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 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 swall...  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. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 fi...  Read Full »

Which test is more reliable for Coronavirus infection, swab test or rapid test?

Query: Hello doctor, How is it possible for the patient with three lines in a rapid test to be negative in the swab test? I have a scenario where three of my friends living together tested positive for IgG and IgM. This test brought them to be tested by swab. After three days, the swab test result came ou...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please note that antibody testing shows that you have been exposed to the infection and may be currently suffering from it. Positive IgG but negative IgM show that you had the infection and do not have it currently. Positive IgG and positive IgM shows that you may...  Read Full »

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