STREP A TESTS
Streptococcus A, also known as Strep A, is a common bacterial infection. Strep A is caused by the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria, and can spread quickly from person to person through contact with saliva or mucus. Strep A is most commonly associated with sore throats and skin infections like impetigo or cellulitis, but can also cause more severe illnesses like pneumonia and ear infections. Strep A is most common in children between the ages of 5 and 15, but anyone can be infected.
If you or your child have any symptoms that could be caused by Strep A, it’s important to get tested right away. Strep A testing typically involves a throat swab or blood test at your doctor’s office. If Strep A is detected, antibiotics will help treat the infection. You should make sure to complete the entire course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor to ensure that all bacteria are eliminated from your system. In some cases, complications from Strep A may require additional treatment or hospitalization.