Diagnostics Testing for Strep Throat, Mono, And Flu
If you think you have strep throat, mono, or the flu, the walk-in clinics that make up UrgentMED are here to help. With locations throughout Los Angeles and dozens of doctors on-site, we can get you in, test you, and get you back to your life in less than 30 minutes. And with affordable payment options and financing available, you don’t even need insurance. Find out more about our testing options below.
Strep Throat Testing
Strep throat (Streptococcal pharyngitis) is an infection in the rear of your throat, caused by a certain type of bacteria. If you’ve got a fever, headache, nausea, and a scratchy or sore throat, you may have strep – particularly if you notice a rash or discoloration in the back of your throat. Strep throat is contagious and can spread when someone sneezes or coughs.
UrgentMED of walk-in clinics can help you get the testing and treatment you need. Using a simple, non-invasive throat culture, we can detect the presence of strep throat, and help you understand your treatment options, and how to resolve your strep throat as quickly as possible.
Types of Strep Throat Tests
There are two types of testing for strep throat. The first type is what is known as a “rapid antigen test”. During this test, a swab sample is taken from the throat. This test is effective as it can quickly identify if the bacteria which causes strep throat is present. Often, results are back within a few minutes. If the tests are negative, but strep throat is still suspected, a throat culture may also be ordered.
A throat culture involves the rubbing of a sterile swab over the back on the throat and tonsils. This allows the test’s administrator to gather a sample of the secretions in the back of the throat. This sample can then be cultured in a laboratory to determine if the bacteria which causes strep throat is present.
Strep Throat Treatment
Once a member of UrgentMED identifies the presence of strep throat, they will likely provide you with antibiotics to treat the infection. If taken within 48 hours from the onset of the strep infection, antibiotics can drastically reduce the severity and duration of the illness. By taking antibiotics as directed, you should expect to begin feeling better within a day or two. You should, however, always take your full course of antibiotics, as stopping treatment early may lead to complications, including kidney inflammation and rheumatic fever.
Mononucleosis, or mono for short, is a type of infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. It often lasts 2 to 4 weeks or longer, with symptoms that include fever, tiredness, sore throat, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck.
Mono is the most common in teens and children but can affect people of any age. With a short physical exam and a few quick tests, the doctors at UrgentMED can diagnose this infection, and help you get the treatment you need, to recover.
While mono is uncomfortable, it is very rarely serious or life-threatening. However, proper diagnosis is still recommended, as some of the symptoms of mono are also shared with meningitis, which can be a life-threatening disease.
Based on your diagnosis, you may be given a corticosteroid such as Prednisone, but most people have their cases of mono resolved without requiring any prescription medication.
*Mono testing is not available at all locations.
Influenza can be life-threatening to children, older adults, and anyone who has a weakened immune system. If you think that you have the flu, or someone in your family is showing symptoms of the flu or has been sick for a few days and is not getting better, a flu test may be required. We’ll perform a few simple tests, like an upper respiratory swab, and confirm your diagnosis.
After your test, we can provide you with prescription medication to treat your symptoms. If they are severe, and advice on how to recover, and treat your symptoms. While the flu is never pleasant, you’ll be able to make sure that you and your family stay safe by getting a flu test from UrgentMED.
*Flu testing is not available at all locations.
UrgentMED is Here for You
With locations across Los Angeles and Southern California, the walk-in clinics that make up UrgentMED make it easy for you to get the medical attention you need. With free parking, no appointment required, and a team of highly-skilled doctors, we can provide you with convenient, fast, and reliable care.
Our testing centers deliver fast results, and you can typically get antibiotics and other medication on-site. Our walk-in clinics are a one-stop-shop for strep testing and you can get everything you need in under an hour.