A throat culture is a test to find a bacterial or fungal infection in the throat. Throat culture test results for bacterial infections are ready in 1 to 2 days, depending on which bacteria are being tested for. Test results for a fungus may take about 7 days.
Rapid strep test results are ready in 10 to 15 minutes. This test is only for bacterial infections caused by strep bacteria.
|Normal (negative results):||
No strep bacteria are detected. A throat culture may be recommended.
|Abnormal (positive results):||
Strep bacteria are detected. This means you have Reference strep throat Opens New Window. Antibiotics can be started immediately.
No infection (bacteria or fungi) grows in the culture.
A negative throat culture may mean that the cause of your infection is a Reference virus Opens New Window, rather than bacteria or fungus.
Some viruses that cause throat infections include:
Bacteria grows in the culture. Some bacterial throat infections include:
Fungus grows in the culture. The most common fungal throat infection is Reference thrush Opens New Window, caused by the fungus Candida albicans.
|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