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Pediatric Sore Throat Diagnosis

Your WellStar physician may perform screening evaluations looking for evidence of serious infection tied to the sore throat.


Diagnostic tests may include:

  • Rapid strep test (results in 15 minutes)
  • If rapid strep test is negative, your WellStar pediatrician may take a throat culture (results in 48 hours) to confirm the rapid test's negative diagnosis.
  • Possibly a blood test to determine if mononucleosis is present

Diagnostic Procedures

  • Performing rapid strep test
  • Taking throat culture
  • Taking blood test
  • Feeling swollen glands
  • Viewing swollen throat and tonsils
  • Viewing reddened throat and tonsils
  • Viewing white patches on the throat