Strep A Rapid Test Strip Kit Includes:
- 25 Test Strep A Strips
- 25 Specimen Extraction Tubes
- 25 Collection Swabs
- 1 Strep A Rapid Test Strip Procedure Card
- 1 Bottle of Reagent A
- 1 Bottle of Reagent B
- 1 Bottle of Positive Control
- 1 Bottle of Negative Control
Benefits of a strep test
When a rapid strep throat test is performed this test will determine whether a patient's sore throat is viral or bacterial. Every year 15 million Americans see the doctor for sore throat and 70 percent of them get antibiotics to treat it, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America. When a rapid strep a test is performed and is negative to a bacterial infection reduces "unnecessary" antibiotics prescriptions. The infection may be caused by a viral infection and viruses do not respond to antibiotics. Researchers analyzed over 70,000 results from patients under 15 years old with sore throat that where performed rapid strep test and only 24% where positive for group A streptococcus pharyngitis. When a at home strep test is performed can potentially eliminate the need for doctor's visits.
Difference between a sore throat and strep throat
Sore throat may be caused by a viral illness and because of this it is important not to use antibiotics to treat them. Several different viruses that can lead to the common cold and an upper respiratory infection. A sore throat caused by a virus resolves on its own with at-home care. Different to a viral sore throat a strep throat (streptococcal infection), a less common type of sore throat caused by bacteria, requires additional treatment with antibiotic drugs to prevent complications. It's important to use a rapid strep test to identify strep throat for a number of reasons. If untreated, strep throat can sometimes cause complications such as kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever can lead to painful and inflamed joints, a rash and even damage to heart valves.