The average American will experience 2 respiratory infections per year. Respiratory infections affect humans of all ages. They are the number one reason for missed school days and sick days from work. The infections are caused by several bacterial and viral pathogens. The problem arises when both viral and bacterial infections are expressed by similar symptoms. From a common cold to the seasonal flu, different infections present different health concerns for individuals and their communities. That is why Respiratory Pathogen Panel Testing is vital. 

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What Is Respiratory Pathogen Panel Testing?

As the name suggests, a respiratory pathogen panel (or RPP) helps medical providers diagnose specific pathogens from a single sample. Because there are so many different viruses and bacteria that cause respiratory infection, utilizing an RPP test can help improve treatment and better understand an ailment. For medical providers in America, ordering respiratory pathogen panel testing is easy through TruGenX’s online ordering system.

What is Covered in a TruGenX RPP Test?

TruGenX’s RPP test provides a detailed report on 9 different common bacterial and 26 viral pathogens. These include four different human coronavirus pathogens, rhinovirus, influenza, and the bacteria responsible for strep throat. If you have respiratory infection symptoms, a single RPP test can help your doctor quickly and effectively get data on potential viruses or bacterial infections you have.

Benefits of Respiratory Pathogen Panel Testing

  • Fast Results: Traditional methods typically take up to 3 days to process results. With RPP using PCR testing, results can be gathered overnight.
  • Accurate Results: The TruGenX RPP is designed to provide accurate results by utilizing polymerase chain reaction testing. By testing for a variety of the most common infections, we can ensure patients and providers get accurate results
  • Comprehensive Testing: Testing for both bacterial infections and viruses has a large impact on the types of treatments that will be effective.
  • Better Treatment: By understanding the pathogen causing a patient’s virus, a physician can prescribe the optimal treatment to quickly handle your symptoms.

When to ask your doctor about RPP testing

Flu-Like Symptoms

If you are experiencing flu like symptoms, you should consider RPP testing to better understand whether you have a viral or bacterial infection.

Serious Illness

If your symptoms are severe and you need to be hospitalized, an RPP test can quickly and effectively give your doctors information about what may be causing the illness.

Complications

Another reason to seek testing is to prevent complications due to respiratory infections.

Health Risks

If you are immunocompromised or have other health risks due to age or preexisting conditions like asthma, you may want to consider getting tested when you have a severe respiratory infection.

Symptoms of a respiratory infection include runny nose, congestion, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue. These symptoms are present in a variety of ailments including the common cold, a flu, allergy reactions, and other illnesses. That is why it is important to get RPP testing when needed. 

The flu presents a variety of symptoms in patients, and different individuals have different symptoms. Flu symptoms include high fever, muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat, and in some cases nausea. It is important to note that although many people consider fevers to be the defining symptom of a flu versus a common cold, the CDC has stated that patients may not develop a fever even if they have the flu. 

The core difference between the two infections is what causes them. A viral infection is caused by a virus, whereas a bacterial infection is caused by bacteria. Bacteria are living organisms, but viruses are not. This actually changes the treatment needed, as antibiotics are designed to fight bacteria. This is why respiratory pathogen panel testing is helpful. Ineffective medications can be avoided by knowing the exact cause of the symptoms

No, your doctor or medical provider needs to prescribe antibiotics. In order to get antibiotics you need to be diagnosed with a bacterial infection by a doctor and then prescribed the medication. 

Order respiratory pathogen panel testing from TruGenX

TruGenX provides a variety of testing for doctors and physicians nationwide. We only provide our kits to licensed medical professionals. If you are experiencing flu symptoms you should contact a medical office. If you are a licensed medical professional and would like to order testing kits, please contact TruGenX or use our online ordering feature.