Q: What’s the best way to tell if you’ve got strep or just a sore throat?
A: There’s no way for a patient to determine on their own whether they have Strep throat (caused by an infection with the Streptococcus bacteria) or a sore throat caused by another bacteria or virus.
The only way to know for sure is to have your doctor before a rapid strep test. This involves swabbing the throat. You’ll have the results in under 5 minutes.
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