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A throat culture is a test to find a bacterial or fungal infection in the throat. In some parts of the province, you may have a different type of test instead. This test looks for the DNA (genetic information inside cells) of the most common type of bacteria that causes a throat infection. Both of these tests are done by swabbing the back of your throat.
A throat culture may be done to:
Your child doesn't need to do anything before having this test. Tell your doctor if your child has recently taken antibiotics.
The test will take less than a minute.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Adaptation Date: 3/24/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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