Some types of group A strep bacteria cause severe infections, such as
Those at the greatest risk of getting a severe strep infection are
Severe group A strep disease may also occur in healthy people who have no known risk factors.
Depending on the specific strep infection, symptoms can include
Severe group A strep infections are diagnosed by healthcare providers using a combination of clinical and laboratory test results.
All severe group A strep infections may lead to shock, organ failure, and death. Therefore, healthcare providers must diagnose and treat such infections quickly.
Antibiotics used to treat these severe infections include penicillin, erythromycin, and clindamycin. If you have severe tissue damage, your healthcare provider may need to remove the tissue surgically or amputate the limb.
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Last Updated March 04, 2009
Last Reviewed March 04, 2009