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Will it be uncomfortable to use nasopharyngeal swabs for nucleic acid testing?

Will it be uncomfortable to use nasopharyngeal swabs for nucleic acid testing?

2020-12-24

If you see someone in the news footage pushing a long swab into your nose and is undergoing a nucleic acid test for the new coronavirus, then you may be wondering if the process will be painful. I think the answer depends on your personal pain tolerance, but-having personally performed a flu swab test very similar to the coronavirus test-I would say, let your nose be "weird" and "discomfort" more than "pain" . "

To test the new coronavirus nucleic acid test, a sample of secretions needs to be obtained from the nostril to the entire nasal passage that intersects the back of the throat. To obtain these secretions, medical staff will use a professional nasal swab. The clinician quickly inserts the cotton swab into the nasal cavity, then pushes it all the way to the back of the throat, and then rotates and removes it. The whole process only takes a few seconds to complete.

However, the fact that it is fast does not mean that it is not uncomfortable. Along the path, the swab will stimulate the sinus tissue or activate multiple nerves. In fact, when the swab stimulates the lacrimal nerve, the procedure does bring tears to your eyes. The swab may also instantly itch the vagus nerve, causing the vomiting reflex.

I won't say these feelings are painful-just annoying or uncomfortable.

Don't postpone the new coronavirus swab test because you are worried that the procedure will be unpleasant. If your condition worsens, early diagnosis allows early medical intervention. Also, if you have coronavirus, you need to know about it so that you can self-quarantine and avoid spreading the virus to your loved ones in your family and anyone else you meet.

Therefore, if you have symptoms of coronavirus, such as fever and dry cough, you should get rid of the fear of long flocked swabs and then take the test.

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