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Flu/Strep Testing Specialist

K & M Care

General Family Medicine For All Ages located in Summerton, SC

If you have flu-like symptoms, specialists at K & M Care in Summerton, South Carolina, can diagnose the cause of the symptoms and treat them to help you feel better. Nurse practitioner Miranda S. Kerley and her skilled staff offer flu and strep testing, as well as COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) testing, to determine the cause of your discomfort. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or book one online today.

Flu/Strep Testing Q&A

What is flu and strep testing?

Flu and strep testing involve a nasal or throat swab to obtain a sample of secretions. This type of simple diagnostic test lets you know if you or a loved one has the flu or strep throat, allowing your provider to develop a treatment plan that helps you recover as quickly as possible.

What are the symptoms of flu and strep throat?

If you have the flu or RSV, you may develop some of the following symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Reduced appetite
  • Sneezing

The main symptom of strep throat is a sore throat, but you could also develop fatigue, white spots on the back of your throat, headaches, or a rash. 

COVID-19 causes many of the same symptoms as the flu, with the addition of loss of taste and smell in many cases.

See the K & M Care experts if you suspect you or your child has strep throat, the flu, RSV, or COVID-19 to get tested and treated for these conditions as needed.

What happens during flu and strep testing?

Flu and strep testing is a simple, fast process. While you relax on a comfortable chair or exam table, your K & M Care provider gently inserts a cotton swab into the back part of your throat or nostril to get a sample of secretions.

They test the sample to see which virus or bacteria is present. Doing so allows your provider to diagnose your condition and provide the most effective treatment recommendations. You usually receive the results of flu and strep testing soon afterward.

Your specialist may also recommend that you undergo blood tests, chest X-rays, or other diagnostic procedures.

How are flu and strep throat treated?

If you have the flu, strep throat, COVID-19, or RSV, your treatment plan consists of getting plenty of rest and drinking a lot of fluids. 

Your provider might prescribe medications to speed up your recovery or reduce symptoms. IV treatments and oxygen therapy are other common treatments for upper respiratory conditions. Your provider customizes each treatment plan to match your needs.

To undergo flu and strep testing at K & M Care, call the office, schedule an appointment online, or simply walk in today.