Where To Swab For Strep Throat Test?

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A throat swab culture is a laboratory test done to isolate and identify organisms that may cause infection in the throat.

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Throat culture and sensitivity; Culture - throat

How the test is performed

You will be asked to tilt your head back and open your mouth wide. The health care provider rubs a sterile cotton swab along the back of your throat near the tonsils. You need to resist gagging and closing the mouth while the swab touches this area.

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