What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Taking antibiotics recently. This may prevent the growth of an infection in the culture.
- Contamination of the throat culture sample by other types of bacteria from the mouth.
- Using antiseptic mouthwashes before the culture is taken.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology