hi welcome to hcm,
thank's for your query, you need to undergo a throat culture
, a test to find a bacterial or fungal infection
in the throat. A sample swabbed from the throat is put in a special cup (culture) that allows infections to grow. If an infection grows, the culture is positive. The type of infection is found using a microscope, chemical tests, or both. If no infection grows, the culture is negative.
A throat culture may be done to:
1)Find the cause of a sore throat
. Most sore throat infections are caused by a virus. A throat culture shows the difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection. Finding the organism that is causing the infection can guide treatment.
2)Check a person who may not have any symptoms of infection but who carries bacteria that can spread to others. This person is called a carrier.
however you must follow certain norms before taking the 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.
Hope i replied your query ,wishing you speedy recovery.