A Simple Test with Rapid Results
Are you worried your sore throat may be strep throat? We are neighbors who care about your health, your time and stopping the spread of Strep in its tracks. Palm Harbor Pharmacy is pleased to offer the Strep Rapid Test. For fast, easy, convenient testing, visit your local pharmacy in Palm Harbor.
Strep Rapid Test: Getting a Strep test lets you know whether the infection is viral or bacterial. Rule out the need for antibiotics, which won’t work for a viral infection if it is not strep throat. Likewise, patients can get started on an antibiotic treatment as soon as they test positive for step throat.
For your local convenience, we are open from 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday for Strep Rapid Testing.
What is Strep Throat?
When it is too painful to swallow – more painful than a normal sore throat – a strep test may be in order.
A virus is the usual cause of sore throat. But the Group A streptococcus bacteria causes the dreaded strep throat. This bacterial infection occurs in the throat and the tonsils and can spread very quickly.
Strep germs spread through the tiny spray emitted through a cough or a sneeze. And once you are exposed to the germs, the symptoms will show up within two to five days.
Strep is most common in children ages five to fifteen, but adults can also contract the infection.
The symptoms of strep may include the following:
- A sore throat that comes on rapidly
- Painful swallowing
- Inflamed and red tonsils
- White patches or pus on the back of the throat
- Tiny red spots on the roof of the mouth
- Swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck just under the jaw bone
Additionally, some may experience a headache, stomachache, nausea, or vomiting. If a rash appears with strep throat, it is called Scarlet Fever.
Before You Arrive…
Upon arrival for Strep rapid testing, you will need a few things. Please remember to follow all instructions provided to make this a safe visit to your community Palm Harbor Pharmacy.
- First, all patients answer a few questions to ensure they qualify for Strep testing.
- Present your insurance card and proof of identity as required by all testing sites.
- Bring your form of payment.
- Wear a mask and adhere to social distancing as needed.
We appreciate your neighborly adherence to the protocol set in place for our customers and staff’s safety.
What to Expect with Strep Rapid Testing
If you have the symptoms, your pharmacist at Palm Harbor Pharmacy can perform the strep rapid test for confirmation. This test involves swabbing the throat and then running tests on the sample taken. A group A strep result shows up quickly.
If a positive result is indicated, the patient will be prescribed antibiotics. That person should stay home from work, school, or daycare until the fever is gone and they have been on the antibiotics for more than 12 hours. Then the patient should begin feeling better approximately 48 hours after starting the antibiotics.
Patients should never let lab work expenses prevent them from living their best life and achieving optimal health. We are here to help provide quick answers and solutions to several of your health needs.
Contact Palm Harbor Pharmacy today for all your testing and other health care needs.
Palm Harbor Pharmacy for Local Strep Rapid Testing and More
Our beautiful state-of-the-art facility with cutting-edge technology is well equipped to care for your Strep Throat, Flu, and COIVD-19 needs. Our pharmacists have gathered the supplies you need to recover at home, if possible, from testing to recovery supplies.
As always, if you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, you should go to the hospital or dial 911.
Symptoms that could indicate a life-threatening emergency include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Sudden dizziness, weakness, or fainting
- A sudden change to vision or difficulty speaking
- Confusion- a sudden change in your mental status
- Sudden or severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea
Contact your friendly local pharmacy team member at Palm Harbor Pharmacy to set up your Strep rapid testing and provide help for those with Strep symptoms.
Palm Harbor Pharmacy is here for the community and you.
Palm Harbor Pharmacy: Promoting Health and Wellness with Strep Rapid Testing
At Palm Harbor Pharmacy, we are proud to be enhancing our health and wellness efforts by offering a variety of testing for those feeling under the weather.
Palm Harbor Pharmacy wishes you health and wellness this year and through the Strep season.