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Before You Say AHH... Learn More About Swabbing for Strep Throat


'Tis the season for patients coming in with sore throats, headaches, fever, chills, and muscle pains. You know what that means—the early signs of influenza, strep throat, and other winter illnesses abound, and that calls for swab testing. To ensure patient comfort and minimize transmission in the general population, these illnesses require swift clinical diagnosis and treatment.  

Every winter, health care providers should prepare for these common illnesses by stocking up on medical swabs and practicing the most efficient testing methods. 


When a patient sees a doctor, they expect to receive the best care possible, from bedside manner to quality medical products to results. By using Puritan medical swabs, you’re using the best products on the market to facilitate giving your patient the care they deserve.  

Diagnosing bacterial illnesses has progressed to become more efficient and accurate than ever. Even so, where sample size may be limited, it’s crucial that the healthcare provider is able to collect and preserve the highest quality swab sample for culture, tests, and diagnostics.  

In the case of testing for strep throat, it’s important to use medical products that don’t cause discomfort for the patient. Puritan’s tongue depressor can be used to examine the mouth and throat. After that, a Puritan swab can be brushed over the back of the throat and around the tonsils to collect secretions.

Transport Medium

Optimal specimen collection starts with a superior transport system. To accommodate the collection of specimens from various patient sites, we have available Opti-Tranz® and Opti-Tranz Plus® or our Opti-Swab® collection and transport systems.

Opti-Tranz® is our line of liquid and semi-solid collection and transport systems for bacteriological applications. They are available with Amies medium and come in either liquid or agar gel form, which is ideal for culturing aerobic bacteria. This line maintains the viability of aerobic, anaerobic, and fastidious bacteria.

If you prefer a liquid based multi-purpose, liquid based collection and transport system, Opti-Swab with 1 mL of Liquid Amies and HydraFlock® swab maintains the viabiltiy of aerobic, anaerobic, and fastidious bacteria. Our liquid amies system guarantees the most efficient absorption and elution of sample, along with safe, reliable preservation.

Swab Types

When sample size is limited, our products collect and preserve the highest quality swab sample for testing and diagnostics. Offering superior collection and release properties, HydraFlock® swabs are available with both Opti-Swab and Opti-Tranz Plus.

HydraFlock swabs are composed of multi-length, “split-end” fibers, which are uniquely engineered for a greater surface area, resulting in faster collection, patient comfort, and increased viability of sample from swab to culture to laboratory. Our flocked swabs when paired with the above tranport systems are suitable for use with automation, gram stains, and traditional culture methods.

All of Puritan’s line of medical products are manufactured in the United States, adhere to strict quality control guidelines and are always customizable to customer specifications. Because of this, our customers can feel secure that their laboratories and clinics will never run out of necessary swabbing supplies.

Editor's note: This post was originally published March 1, 2016, and was updated December 19, 2017, for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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Topics: Flocked Swabs, Medical, Diagnostics


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