What is the treatment for group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus pyogenes (GABHS) pharyngitis?

Updated: Apr 06, 2020
  • Author: Udayan K Shah, MD, FACS, FAAP; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Administering oral penicillin for 10 days is the best treatment of acute GABHS pharyngitis. [18] Intramuscular penicillin (ie, benzathine penicillin G) is required for persons who may not be compliant with a 10-day course of oral therapy. Penicillin is optimal for most patients (barring allergic reactions) because of its proven safety, efficacy, narrow spectrum, and low cost.


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