Strep and Mono Screening for Lake Bluff IL Children
At Lake Forest Pediatric Associates, we are able to test for various diseases on-site using our laboratory facilities. These tests help our pediatric healthcare providers to conclude accurate results regarding illnesses that may be affecting your children.
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 child's pediatrician 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 child's rapid strep test comes back with negative results, you may still be prescribed medications by your child's pediatrician 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 your child's pediatrician 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
When a rapid strep test is performed, it is not uncommon for your child's pediatrician 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.
To Receive Testing for Your Child
If you suspect that your child may have strep throat or mono, please contact Lake Forest Pediatric Associates today to schedule an appointment with your child's pediatrician. They will be able to fully evaluate your child's symptoms and administer any tests as necessary. Parents of existing patients may use our patient portal to make an appointment, while parents of new patients may 847.295.1220 to schedule their child's first appointment today.