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Mupirocin is a type of antibiotic. It kills bacteria that cause skin infections by preventing the synthesis of essential proteins required for bacterial survival. As a result, it keeps the skin infection from spreading.

Side Effects

Itching, Burning sensation, Stinging sensation, Pain


Mupirocin should be taken for the duration prescribed by your doctor. Bacteria are typically cleared from your skin within 10 days of beginning treatment. This medication should not be used for more than 10 days. Consult your doctor if your skin condition does not improve within 3-5 days.
Follow your doctor's instructions precisely. Before applying Mupirocin, wash your hands. Apply the ointment to the infected skin area 2-3 times per day, or as directed by your doctor. Depending on your doctor's advice, you can cover the treated area with a dressing or leave it open.


Avoid using this medication around your eyes, nose, mouth, or on large areas of damaged or broken skin unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If you accidentally get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse well with water.
A burning sensation is a common side effect of Mupirocin use. However, stinging is rare. These side effects are temporary and will go away after a while. Mupirocin should not be stopped because of these minor side effects. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns.