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Diagnostic Tests for Red throat

Diagnostic Test list for Red throat:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Red throat includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Full examination of the ears, nose, pharynx and tonsils
    • Feel cervical lymph nodes (glands) for enlargement. If very tender this suggests Streptococcal tonsillitis
    • Marked swelling of the tonsils with displacement of the tonsils towards the midline suggests quinsy (abscess around the tonsils)
  • Blood tests
    • Full blood count and ESR
    • Blood sugar to diagnose Diabetes
    • Blood culture, if unwell with fever
    • Viral serology - e.g. Epstein-Barr mononucleosis, rubella, HIV.
  • Throat swab - for microscopy and culture. Generally throat swabs are not necessary, except to verify the presence of Streptococcus pyogenes, or if diphtheria is suspected in the non-immunised.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Red throat causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Red throat:

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