Home Test for Strep Throat
Because there is no home test for strep throat, you should seek medical attention if you believe you have it. A healthcare provider will consider several factors when diagnosing strep throat, including:
- Current symptoms (see Strep Throat Symptoms)
- When the symptoms started
- If anyone else in the family (or close contacts) is also sick.
If the healthcare provider thinks you have strep throat, he or she will take a throat swab, which takes a sample of fluids from the back of the throat.
This sample will be used for a rapid strep test and/or a throat culture. These tests look for signs of the bacteria that cause strep throat. If the result of the rapid strep test is negative, the healthcare provider might take another sample and do a culture test to make sure you really don't have strep throat. This test takes 24 to 48 hours to get the results.
(Click Strep Throat Diagnosis for more information on this topic. This article explains that there is no home test for strep throat and describes the tests that a healthcare provider will perform to determine if this is the cause of your sore throat.)