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Mupirocin Topical



Mupirocin topical is used for treating bacterial infections of the skin.

How it works

Mupirocin belongs to the class of medications called as antibiotics. It inhibits protein, DNA and cell wall synthesis in the susceptible bacteria and either stops their growth (at low concentration) or kills them (high concentration), thereby curing the infection.

Common side effects

Application site irritation, Burning sensation, Rash, Itching


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Expert advice

  • Avoid direct contact of cream with your eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water immediately and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • Patients allergic to mupirocin or any of its ingredients.

Frequently asked questions

Mupirocin Topical

Q. Is mupirocin topical good for acne?
No, mupirocin topical should not be used for the treatment of acne.
Q. Is mupirocin ointment used for yeast infections or herpes or ringworm?
Mupirocin ointment is used to treat bacterial skin infections and does not act against fungal and viral skin infections.
Q. Is mupirocin topical used for diaper rash?
Mupirocin topical is an antibacterial and will only help if the diaper rash has become infected with bacteria.
Q. Does mupirocin topical treat eczema?
Mupirocin topical does not treat eczema unless it is infected, which generally would need to be diagnosed by a doctor. 
Q. Does mupirocin topical clog pores?
No. Mupirocin topical does not clog pores.
Q. Does mupirocin ointment used to stop itching?
No. The indication is not itching but infection. Normally when infection is taken care of, itching subsidises on its own.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)