Group A streptococcal infections are caused by group A streptococcus, a bacteria that causes a variety of health problems, including strep throat, impetigo, cellulitis, erysipelas, and scarlet fever. There are more than 10 million group A strep infections each year. Read more: Streptococcal Infections Article
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- amoxicillin (Amoxil, Moxatag, Larotid)
- cefuroxime, Ceftin, Zinacef
- erythromycin (Ery-Tab, PCE)
- cephalexin (Keflex)
- penicillin V, (Veetids and Pen-Vee-K have been discontinued)
- azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zmax)
- cefadroxil, Duricef (Discontinued)
- mupirocin (Bactroban, Centany)
- cefdinir (Omnicef has been discontinued)
- clindamycin, oral (Cleocin)
- penicillin v potassium - oral liquid, Pen-Vee K, Veetids
- penicillin g benzathine/penicillin g procaine - injection, Bicillin C-R
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