Rapid Strep Tests

Rapid Strep Tests in Oklahoma

At Optimum Primary Care, we understand the discomfort and inconvenience that strep throat can cause. Our Rapid Strep Tests in Oklahoma offer a quick and reliable way to diagnose strep throat, allowing us to provide prompt and targeted treatment. Explore the key aspects of our rapid test services for strep infection:

What Is a Rapid Strep Test?

A strep test, also known as a rapid antigen detection test (RADT), is a simple and efficient diagnostic tool used to detect the presence of group A streptococci bacteria in the throat. It aids in diagnosing strep bacteria in the throat swiftly and accurately.

Symptoms of Strep Throat:

Strep throat is characterized by symptoms such as a severe sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever, headache, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. It is essential to seek medical attention if these symptoms persist or worsen.

Causes of Strep Throat:

Strep throat is caused by group A streptococci bacteria, which are highly contagious and can spread through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. If diagnosed with it, seeking guidance from your healthcare provider may be the best option. It would be preferable to stay home from work until the test is negative.

Complications of Strep Throat:

If left untreated, strep throat can lead to various complications, such as tonsillitis, sinus infections, ear infections, and, in rare cases, rheumatic fever or kidney inflammation (post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis).

Strep Throat Diagnosis:

Our healthcare professionals conduct a thorough examination and may recommend a strep test to confirm the diagnosis of strep throat promptly.

The Procedure of a Strep Test:

A swab is gently rubbed against the back of the throat and tonsils during the test to collect a sample. The swab is then tested for the presence of Streptococcus bacteria.

Other Tests with the Strep Test:

In some cases, our healthcare team may recommend additional tests, such as a throat culture, to confirm the Strep Test results or identify antibiotic resistance.

Is a Home Strep Test Better Than a Clinical Strep Test?

While home strep test kits are available, they may not be as accurate as clinical tests conducted by healthcare professionals. Clinical tests ensure accurate results and appropriate treatment.

Strep Throat Treatments in Oklahoma:

Strep throat is a common bacterial infection that causes inflammation and soreness in the throat. It is primarily caused by the Streptococcus bacteria. The following are typical treatments for strep throat:

  1. Antibiotics: Strep throat is usually treated with antibiotics to eliminate the bacteria causing the infection. Penicillin or amoxicillin are often prescribed for 10 days, and it’s essential to complete the full course of antibiotics even if symptoms improve.
  2. Pain Relief: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help alleviate throat pain, reduce fever, and improve overall comfort.
  3. Rest and Hydration: Getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated is essential to support the body’s immune response and aid in recovery.
  4. Throat Lozenges and Sprays: Sucking on throat lozenges or using throat sprays may provide temporary relief for sore throat symptoms.
  5. Warm Saltwater Gargles: Gargling with warm salt water can help soothe the throat and reduce inflammation.
  6. Avoiding Irritants: Avoiding tobacco smoke, pollutants, and other irritants can help prevent further irritation to the already inflamed throat.
  7. Isolation: Strep throat is contagious, so it’s crucial to practice good hygiene, such as frequent handwashing, covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing, and avoiding close contact with others until the infection is no longer contagious (usually 24 hours after starting antibiotics).
  8. Follow-Up: After completing the antibiotic course, it’s essential to schedule a follow-up with a healthcare provider to ensure the infection has cleared and to address any lingering symptoms or concerns.

In most cases, following these treatments will lead to significant improvement within a few days. However, if symptoms persist or worsen, seeking further medical attention to rule out complications and receive appropriate care is essential. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent the spread of infection and help individuals recover quickly from strep throat.


Strep throat and a sore throat are not the same. While a sore throat can be caused by various viral infections, strep throat specifically results from group A streptococci bacteria.

Yes, Strep Tests are generally accurate in diagnosing strep throat. However, if the test result is negative, further testing may be necessary to confirm the absence of Streptococcus bacteria.

Rapid Strep Tests provide rapid results within minutes, making them an efficient diagnostic tool.

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