How should I use mupirocin?

Mupirocin (Bactroban, Centany) is a topical (applied) antibiotic cream or ointment used to treat minor bacterial skin infections such as impetigo. Your prescription will tell you how often to apply the medicine. It is usually applied to the infected area three times a day for a couple of weeks. It is for topical use only, so don't put it in your mouth or eyes.

How to apply mupirocin:

• Wash hands with soap and water
• Clean and dry the infected area
• Apply a thin layer of medicine and rub it in gently
• Cover it with a sterile dressing to keep it clean
• Wash your hands again afterward
• Look for irritation or rash as this may indicate an allergic reaction

If you don't see a positive change in a few days tell your doctor.

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