Acute Pharyngitis - Throat Infection

Charge: $700

Procedure:

Your doctor will start with a physical exam that is generally the same for children and adults. The exam will include:

    Using a lighted instrument to look at your throat, and likely your ears and nasal passages
    Gently feeling (palpating) your neck to check for swollen glands (lymph nodes)
    Listening to your breathing with a stethoscope

Throat swab
With this simple test, the doctor rubs a sterile swab over the back of your throat to get a sample of secretions. The sample will be checked in a lab for streptococcal bacteria, the cause of strep throat. Many clinics are equipped with a lab that can get a test result within a few minutes. However, a second more reliable test is usually sent out to a lab that can return results within 24 to 48 hours.

If the rapid, in-clinic test comes back positive, then you almost certainly have a bacterial infection. If the test comes back negative, then you likely have a viral infection. Your doctor will wait, however, for the more reliable, out-of-clinic lab test to determine the cause of the infection.