Mupirocin

How It Works:

Mupirocin is an antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of certain bacteria (such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogens) by blocking the protein synthesis.

Side Effects:

erythema, Allergic reactions such as urticaria, swelling of eyes and lips., severe skin reactions or allergies such as generalised rash, pruritus, rash, burning sensation

Used For:

Mupirocin treats or prevents infections on skin in small cuts, wounds or on scraped skin caused by bacteria.

Instructions:

Do not start or continue mupirocin and consult your doctor: 
  • if you are allergic to mupirocin, or to any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
  • if the patient is less than 1 year old.
Mupirocin can cause severe skin reactions or allergies, thrush (a yeast infection) may develop if mupirocin is used for a long time, so skin may have  bright red spots which may be very itchy with small pustules . If this occurs, tell your doctor.Keep the cream away from your eyes. If the cream gets into your eyes accidentally, wash them thoroughly with water.Use nasal preparation of mupirocin for preventing or treating infections inside your nose.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is mupirocin good for acne?Yes. It is good for acne.
Q. Is mupirocin ointment a steroid or contain sulphur?No, mupirocin is an antibiotic.
Q. Is mupirocin safe during pregnancy?Studies in animals have shown risk to fetus, however there are no sufficient studies in humans. This drug may be used in pregnant women if benefit outweighs the risk. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is mupirocin ointment used for yeast infections or herpes or ringworm?No. Mupirocin is used as an antibacterial ointment.
Q. Is mupirocin used for diaper rash?Mupirocin is an antibacterial and will only help if the diaper rash has become infected with bacteria.
Q. Does mupirocin treat eczema?No, not unless you have infected eczema which generally would need to be diagnosed by a doctor.
Q. Does mupirocin clog pores?No. Mupirocin 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.
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