How long should mupirocin ointment be used for bacterial infection on skin?

Typically you should. use it for approximately 2 weeks. But if your skin infection isn't better after 2-3 days of use, you may need oral medications. See dermatologist if not improving in 2-3 days.
5 Days. Normally this medicine is used topically twice daily for 5 days. If the infection is not clear after 5 days return to your physician for repeat exam. Good luck. .

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