Strep and Mono Screening in Raeford and Fayetteville, NC

Our pediatric clinic in Raeford and Fayetteville, NC is equipped with highly trained and experienced pediatricians, allowing us to conduct strep and mono screenings right on-site. With these tests, we can swiftly identify the presence of these infections, allowing us to provide appropriate treatment and care for your child’s needs.

Whether your child is experiencing symptoms like a sore throat, fever, or fatigue, our strep and mono screenings offer a reliable way to pinpoint the underlying cause of their symptoms.

If you suspect your child may have strep throat or mono, visit Kids First Pediatrics of Raeford & Fayetteville for screening and expert care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Rapid Strep Test

One of the first tests performed if an individual shows any signs of having strep throat is called a rapid strep test. The purpose of this screening is to determine whether or not a bacteria called group A streptococcus is present.

As you may have guessed by its name, a rapid strep test only requires a few minutes to garner its results. This is particularly helpful because it allows your doctor to recommend an appropriate course of treatment right away instead of having to wait several days for the results to return from the lab.

Most cases of strep throat are solved using a prescribed antibiotic. Even if your rapid strep test comes back with negative results, you may still be prescribed medications by your doctor in order to treat your symptoms. A throat culture will likely be sent to a lab facility to await a more complex conclusion about your condition. It is not uncommon for a rapid strep test to give a negative result, and then have a throat culture give a positive result for the same patient with streptococcus.

If you begin to notice any of the following symptoms, please contact Kids First Pediatrics of Raeford & Fayetteville as soon as possible to have one of our physicians examine you for strep throat:

  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Enlarged tonsils that may also have a red coloring to them
  • White patches on your tongue or throat
  • A fever
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes located along both sides of the neck
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pains, nausea, or vomiting
  • A headache

Monospot Test

When a rapid strep test is performed, it is not uncommon for your physician to also complete a routine test for mononucleosis. This condition presents many of the same symptoms as strep throat, which is why testing is usually done for both at the same time.

One way to identify a case of mononucleosis is to check an individual’s antibodies. These antibodies help the body to respond to various diseases, including the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). This infection is often the cause of mononucleosis, which means that when the virus is present, the body will respond by producing more and more antibodies. A monospot test is able to detect whether or not there is an elevated number of antibodies present, which in turn leads to a positive or negative conclusion regarding the presence of mono.

Schedule Your Child’s Strep and Mono Test

If you suspect that you may have strep throat or mono, please contact Kids First Pediatrics of Raeford & Fayetteville today to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians. They will be able to fully evaluate your symptoms and administer any tests as necessary. To make an appointment, please call (910) 848-5437 or fill out our online form.