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Throat Swab Culture

Throat Swab Culture

Do you know what is throat swab culture? Have you learned about throat swabs before? Curious? Let me take you to discuss it today.These infections can include strep throat, pneumonia, tonsillitis, whooping cough, and meningitis.

The purpose of a throat swab culture is to detect the presence of organisms in the throat that could cause infection. For example, the presence of group A streptococcus bacteria (Streptococcus pyogenes) in your throat is a key sign that you may have strep throat.

Streptococcal bacteria are very contagious. They only need a little droplet in the air to spread quickly. An infected person can easily pass the bacteria on if they cough, sneeze, or share food or drinks. The bacteria can also be picked up from doorknobs or other surfaces and transferred to your nose, mouth, or eyes.

If you have a sore throat and your doctor suspects that you may have strep throat or another bacterial infection. The results of the test will help you and your doctor form a diagnosis and a treatment plan.


Because the pharynx is affected by infections caused by external bacteria when the body’s body or local resistance is reduced, the doctor needs to collect some cells or viruses for observation when we seek medical treatment, so as to understand the patient’s disease Illness. At this time, the throat swab can make its debut, and use its life-long learning and only use (sampling) to the extreme.

Let us take a look at how it accomplishes its mission (how to use):

① First, we take out the disposable throat swab, gently tear off its outer coat, and then gently take it out (be careful not to touch other things before reaching the pharynx, to avoid contamination)

②. Then let the patient open his mouth at room temperature to fully expose his throat. When he sees his uvula, pharyngeal arch, or tonsil, quickly wipe the twirling secretions with a swab. Pay attention to the twirling action. Be gentle, so as not to cause throat discomfort or vomiting

③. After the collection is completed, please quickly take the throat swab out of the patient’s mouth, and then quickly put it into the sampling tube, break off the throat swab handle at the place with the broken mark, cover the sampling tube cap, tighten and save it, ( Be careful not to rotate too many times, so that the sample may be diluted or lost. After sampling, make sure that the throat swab does not touch other objects)

Okay, the mission has been completed. Let’s take a look at its product performance. First of all, the appearance. The shape of our swab should be correct, neat, smooth, uniform in color, free of burrs, mildew, scratches, and scratches. If there are defects such as marks, cracks, etc., a qualified swab should be very clean, without odor, and should be soft to the touch, without macular spots, stains or foreign objects. Then the swab should be able to withstand 4N static pressure perpendicular to the axial direction for 15s without permanent deformation or breaking. The breaking force of the depression at the sampling tip should be no less than 2N.

Finally, I would like to talk to you about the precautions of throat swabs. Pharyngeal swabs are suitable for the inspection and collection of biological parts such as natural cavities of any age. However, flocking has a very light tingling sensation on the skin, so before use, the little cuties who are allergic to flocking should first put the swab on the sampling part and gently perform the allergy test before sampling.

use. The swab can only be used once. Be sure to check whether the package is damaged before use. If it is damaged, remember not to use it. Please contact the dealer or manufacturer in time to let it go back and forth. If it is in use If you have allergies, please stop using it immediately. 30 minutes before use, remember not to eat, drink, or smoke or drink, so as not to affect the sampling operation. Please dispose of the discarded swabs in accordance with the laws of your region.




Cotton swabs (American English) or cotton buds (British English) or ear buds (Australian and South-African English) consist of a small wad of cotton wrapped around one or both ends of a short rod, usually made of either wood, rolled paper, or plastic. They are commonly used in a variety of applications including first aid, cosmetics application, cleaning, and arts and crafts. The cotton swab was invented in the 1920s by Leo Gerstenzang after he attached wads of cotton to toothpicks. His product, which he named “Baby Gays”, went on to become the most widely sold brand name, “Q-tips”, with the Q standing for “quality”. The term “Q-tips” is often used as a genericized trademark for cotton swabs in the USA.

Although doctors have said for years that usage of the cotton swab for ear cleaning is not safe, that use remains the most common.


The traditional cotton swab has a single tip on a wooden handle, and these are still often used, especially in medical settings. They are usually relatively long, about six inches (15cm). These often are packaged sterile, one or two to a paper or plastic sleeve. The advantage of the paper sleeve and the wooden handle is that the package can be autoclaved to be sterilized

(plastic sleeves or handles would melt in the autoclave).

Cotton swabs manufactured for home use are usually shorter, about three inches (7.6cm) long, and usually double-tipped. The handles were first made of wood, then made of rolled paper,

which is still most common (although tubular is also used). They are often sold in large quantities, possibly 111 or more to a container. Swab stems exist in a wide variety of colors, such as blue, pink or green. However, the cotton itself is traditionally white.