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    Information about Mupirocin

    Mupirocin uses

    Mupirocin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections.

    How mupirocin works

    Mupirocin is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by destroying the bacterial cell membrane.

    Common side effects of mupirocin

    Application site reactions (burning, irritation, itching and redness)
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    22 Nov 2019 | 06:42 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Mupirocin

    • Mupirocin is used to treat bacterial skin infections such as impetigo.
    • Apply to the affected area of skin three times a day. A dressing can be applied over the treated area if needed. Clean and dry the affected area before application.
    • Avoid getting it in the eyes, mouth or nose. Rinse with cold water if you accidentally get it in these areas.
    • It can cause slight irritation at the application site. Let your doctor know if the irritation does not go away.
    • Do not use for more than 10 days. Throw away any cream that is left over.
    • If your skin condition does not improve within 3 to 5 days, see your doctor.

    Frequently asked questions for Mupirocin


    Q. Is Mupirocin used for diaper rash?

    Mupirocin is an antibacterial medicine and will only help if the diaper rash is due to bacterial infection.

    Q. For how long do I need to use Mupirocin?

    Use Mupirocin for the duration advised by your doctor. The bacteria are normally cleared from your skin within 10 days of starting the treatment. Do not use it for more than 10 days. If your skin condition does not improve within 3-5 days, see your doctor.

    Q. How should I use Mupirocin?

    Follow the directions given by your doctor carefully. Wash your hands before applying Mupirocin. Apply the ointment to the infected area of skin 2-3 times daily or as told by your doctor. You can cover the treated area with a dressing or leave it open as per your doctor’s advice.

    Q. Can I apply Mupirocin on an open wound?

    Consult your doctor before using Mupirocin. Avoid using Mupirocin for large open wounds if you have a kidney problem as this may further damage your kidneys.

    Q. What if I don't get better after using Mupirocin?

    Inform your doctor if you do not feel better after finishing the full course of treatment. Also, inform him if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine.

    Q. Can I stop taking Mupirocin when I feel better?

    No, do not stop taking Mupirocin and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured.

    Q. After I applied Mupirocin, I felt burning and stinging sensations. Should I stop using it?

    Burning sensation is a common side effect of applying Mupirocin. However, stinging is uncommon. It does not last long and will disappear after sometime. Do not stop using Mupirocin because of these mild side effects. If you have any concerns consult your doctor.

    Q. In which areas of the skin should I avoid using Mupirocin?

    Mupirocin should not be used to treat infections in or near the eyes, nostrils or mouth. If this medicine accidentally enters your eyes, wash the eyes thoroughly with water. In case you have tubes inserted in your body for the delivery or removal of fluid (cannulae), do not use this medicine to treat the skin near that area. Additionally, do not use it in combination with cannulae.

    Q. What should prompt me to stop using Mupirocin?

    Wash off the ointment immediately if you get raised and itchy rash, cough, shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing, fainting, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body. These may be signs of severe allergic reaction. You should immediately stop using Mupirocin and consult your doctor. Though unlikely, but if you get abdominal cramps and diarrhea, you should stop Mupirocin immediately and consult your doctor.

    Content on this page was last updated on 22 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)