In-House Lab Specialist

Coimbra Family Medical Center

Maria Coimbra, MD

Family Medicine Physician located in McAllen, TX

Board-certified family medicine expert Maria Coimbra, MD, knows how important it is to receive prompt care when you aren’t feeling well. That’s why the team at Coimbra Family Medical Center in McAllen, Texas, uses an in-house lab to provide rapid diagnoses, immediate treatment, and peace of mind for pediatric and adult patients who are under the weather. Call the office or use the convenient online system to schedule an appointment today.

In-House Lab

What are the benefits of an in-house lab?

In the past, virtually all primary care physicians had to send samples to an outside lab for analysis. Besides increasing time patients had to wait for an accurate diagnosis, this model of care often delayed treatment longer than what would have been desirable.

As a physician who strives to deliver efficient care to all of her patients, Dr. Coimbra is committed to minimizing the amount of time it takes to arrive at a diagnosis. The in-house lab at Coimbra Family Medical Center allows her to begin treatment for the flu, strep throat, and other common illnesses and health problems promptly.

Why is it important to have a strep test?

Many things can cause a painful and scratchy throat that makes it hard to swallow. Some of these things include chronic post-nasal drip, viral and bacterial infections, allergens, and environmental irritants like cigarette smoke.

If you have a sore throat that comes on quickly and causes pain when you swallow, you may have strep throat. Strep throat is a bacterial infection that requires treatment with antibiotics.

If left undiagnosed, strep can lead to a variety of complications including tonsillitis, sinus infections, and ear infections. Untreated strep can also cause rheumatic fever, a serious inflammatory illness that can affect your heart, brain, joints, and skin.

With the in-office lab at Coimbra Family Medical Center, Dr. Coimbra provides rapid strep tests as well as 24-hour throat cultures. The rapid strep test delivers immediate results and requires a quick swab of the back of your throat. Although this test is often accurate, Dr. Coimbra also uses a 24-hour culture to verify the results.

If you have strep, fast test results mean you can begin antibiotic treatment right away. This allows you to reduce your symptoms, prevent the spread of infection, and decrease the length of time that you’re sick.

What are the benefits of a prompt flu diagnosis?

Most of the time influenza comes on suddenly, causing body aches, extreme muscle fatigue, exhaustion, chills, headaches, and a dry cough. If you think you have the flu, it’s important to have a proper diagnosis as soon as possible.

When the flu is diagnosed soon after the onset of symptoms, you can take an antiviral medication to make your illness milder or shorter. Taking antiviral flu medications can also help protect you from developing serious complications like pneumonia.

Dr. Coimbra uses highly sensitive flu tests that provide quick and accurate results. This is important because antiviral flu medications work best when they’re started no more than two days after the onset of symptoms.

She also offers annual flu vaccinations for adult patients who want to protect themselves from getting the flu in the first place. To learn more, call Coimbra Family Medical Center or book an appointment online today.

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