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A 59-year-old member asked:

my doctor has indicated that i have nose staph and has perscribed a bactroban (mupirocin) cream. is this a serious condition?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Bactroban (mupirocin): Bactroban (mupirocin) is an excellent treatment for infections of the skin. If your condition does not improve rather quickly, you may need to take an antibiotic by mouth. This is called systemic treatment as opposed to ointments or creams which is called local treatment. Good luck to you.
Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Depends: If this is methacillin resistant staph, it means you are a carrier. I can be bad but it also means you could give it to someone else.

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A 30-year-old female asked:

Prescribed mupirocin 2% ointment for staph SSTI. Dr. said to use in nose also. Saw med. says not for intranasal use. Using as directed, is this safe?

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Dr. Mark Royer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 14 years experience
Ok if a thin layer: Directions say not for intranasal use because if used in large amounts and "aspirated" (breathed into lungs from nose) it could cause serious problems (the base is petroleum jelly--highly irritating to the lungs). Should be fine for intranasal use if used as a thin layer placed with a q-tip near the front and for a limited period of time.

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