Every Fall season a new challenge is presented in medicine. Patients are wondering, “Do I have a cold or do I have the flu?”. The symptoms are so similar that it is very difficult for an untrained person to figure out. Even a Doctor is making an educated guess when prescribing a medication based on symptoms alone. This dilemma has lead to a number of misdiagnosed cases causing the patient to live with the illness longer than necessary.
Respiratory Illness Symptoms
When we get sick not all of the symptoms are caused by the illness. A good example is how our body will naturally raise our temperature to fight the pathogen BUT cause a fever. This natural response is caused by a few diseases which makes it difficult for Doctors to pinpoint which pathogen is at play. Additional respiratory symptoms include:
- Coughing or wheezing
- Build up of mucus causing runny or stuffy noses
- Watery eyes
- Hot & cold flashes
Common Respiratory Illnesses
There are many different viruses and illnesses that present the above symptoms. Influenza, rhinovirus, parainfluenza, coronavirus, and enterovirus to name a few. And of course, different patients have different interactions with viruses. The issue arises when patients show up with severe symptoms and it is not obvious what illness the patient has. This is where RPP testing comes in. When someone arrives at an urgent care clinic, hospital, or general practice it is important for the medical provider to quickly identify what illness the patient has so they can quickly treat it.
Respiratory Pathogen Panel Testing Kits from TruGenX
An RPP test or simply the respiratory pathogen panel, is a panel a doctor can use to quickly diagnose whether a respiratory illness is viral or bacterial. A sample is collected from a patient and undergoes PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing. This is a process where a specimen is forced to make many copies of itself making it easier to see what bacteria or viruses are present in a sample. This also means that a small sample can be used to quickly get results. By knowing what virus or bacteria is causing the illness, physicians don’t have to waste time selecting the correct treatment. While a patient’s symptoms are being treated, an RPP test can be ordered, and their doctor can quickly find the root cause of the problem.
Order RPP Testing for your Medical Facility
If you are a patient, you should always defer to your physician’s expertise. Make sure to describe your symptoms and give your doctor any important information that might aid in their diagnosis. In many cases your doctor may order an RPP test if it is needed. If you are a medical practitioner and would like to order test kits, please contact TruGenX to set up an account with our clinical lab.