EZ LEVEL Strep A Test kit is intended for use as an aid in the diagnosis of Group A Streptococcal infection.
Mix 4 drops of Reagent 1 and 4 drops of Reagent 2 in the provided tube.
Swab the throat and agitate the swab inside the tube for 1 minute to mix the specimen with the reagent. Squeeze the swab.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Is Strep Throat?
Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat caused by group A streptococcus bacteria. This is a contagious disease that can affect people of all ages, but typically occurs among children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 15.
What are the symptoms of a Strep A infection?
Throat infection with Strep A bacteria can cause a variety of symptoms associated with inflammation of the throat and its nearby structures. The most common symptoms of strep throat are:
- Sudden, severe sore throat
- Swollen, tender lymph nodes on the sides of the neck
- Painful swallowing (odynophagia)
- White or yellow patches seen on the tonsils and throat (tonsillar exudates).
Do rashes and white spots appear if you have Strep Throat?
Yes. The appearances of rashes on the body as well as white spots on the tonsils may be symptoms of Strep Throat.
How do you get Strep Throat?
The most common way to catch the disease is by close contact with an infected person. Specifically, close contact with airborne droplets of an infected individual is the most common way of acquiring Streptococcus infection. Close quarters such as college dormitories, day care centers, military facilities, gyms, schools, and families provide ideal conditions for transmission of Strep Throat from one person to another. The risk of acquiring strep throat from an affected family member nears 40%.
Is Strep Throat airborne?
There may be instances wherein strep throat is airborne. Bacteria that cause Strep Throat spread when there is close contact with saliva droplets, nasal secretions or the breath of a person with Strep Throat. Aside from airborne transmission, you can get strep throat if you share contaminated items or touch skin with traces of bacteria on it.
Can you experience Strep Throat without a fever?
Even if you don’t have a fever, you might still be affected with strep throat, since fever is only one of the many signs of strep throat. You may experience other indicators like swollen lymph nodes; a sore, red and white patch-lined throat; headaches; chills; body aches and loss of appetite as well.
How can I prevent the spread of strep?
The best way to prevent the spread of strep is to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, especially after coughing and sneezing and before preparing foods or eating. Also, if you or a family member is sick, that person should be seen by a doctor and stay home from work, school, or child care. As a general precaution, you should not share personal care items, bottles, pacifiers, drinks, silverware, etc.