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How is strep throat treated in children?

Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrics
Strep throat in children is best treated with a penicillin antibiotic, most commonly oral amoxicillin. Sometimes an injection of bicillin is used for children whose strep does not respond to oral antibiotics or for kids who are unable to take oral medication.

If your child is allergic to penicillin, there are other medications from which to choose. However, penicillin will always be used first if there is no allergy.

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