Respiratory Virus PCR Testing

Pediatric Clinic & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Garland, Mesquite, Sunnyvale , Garland, TX

Respiratory Virus PCR Testing
Respiratory Virus PCR Testing services offered in Garland, Mesquite, Sunnyvale , Garland, TX

When it comes to respiratory illnesses, there are many testing options. At Garland Pediatric Practice, Phani Bodavula, MD, FAAP, and the compassionate team provide polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid testing. PCR tests are the gold standard for detecting viruses like influenza, RSV, and SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 infection. To learn more about respiratory virus PCR testing, call the office in Garland, Texas, or schedule an appointment online today.

What is respiratory virus PCR testing?

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing is a diagnostic procedure which can be used to check for viral infections, such as the flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), or COVID.

The test detects respiratory viruses’ genetic material, which means you’re more likely to get an accurate diagnosis. Garland Pediatric Practice also offers rapid testing for COVID-19. They can help you determine the best type for your child’s condition.

COVID-19 may cause life-threatening respiratory conditions in young children. If your child has a preexisting health condition, it can also cause severe symptoms.

How is respiratory virus PCR testing performed?

Your child’s pediatrician uses a nasal swab to perform the PCR test. During the test, they insert and twirl around your child’s nostrils to collect samples from the back of their nose.

The nasal swab test takes about five minutes, and your child’s pediatrician can let you know when to expect the results.

When does my child need respiratory virus PCR testing?

Garland Pediatric Practice may recommend respiratory virus PCR testing after a physical exam or health screening. If your child has any of the following symptoms, they may need a PCR test:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches

If your child has been in close contact with someone who has a respiratory illness or displays symptoms of COVID-19, they may need respiratory virus PCR testing and treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment can help your child feel better faster and avoid serious health outcomes.

Garland Pediatric Practice offers sick and well-child visits, vaccinations, and after-hours care to ensure your child gets the proper care they need to recover from respiratory illnesses.

What can my child expect after respiratory virus PCR testing?

Depending on the results of the PCR test, your child may need treatment. In the meantime, Garland Pediatric Practice may suggest your child stay at home until you get the results to protect other children and people from catching the virus and getting sick.

Once your child’s pediatrician receives the results, they can provide you with specific instructions regarding care.

To learn more about respiratory virus PCR testing, call Garland Pediatric Practice or schedule an appointment online today.