The prescription antibiotic Bactroban® (mupirocin) is approved to treat several different bacterial infections, most notably methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and impetigo, which is a skin condition often affecting young children. There are three different forms of Bactroban: a cream that is applied to the skin, an ointment that is applied to the skin, and an ointment that is applied to the nasal passages.
When using the cream form of Bactroban, a small amount is applied to the affected area three times a day. This area can then be covered with a bandage or other dressing, if desired. If the infection has not improved in three to five days, it is important that you contact your healthcare provider. Your treatment plan may need to be revised.
(Click Bactroban to learn more about both cream and ointment forms of this medication, including general dosing guidelines, other tips to ensure a safe treatment process, and possible side effects.)