Mupirocin cream is used to treat skin infections, according to Drugs.com. It is an antibacterial cream that works by inhibiting the manufacture of essential proteins that bacteria need to survive.
Some of the specific infections mupirocin cream treats include atopic dermatitis, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and eczema, according to WebMD. Before applying the cream, the area to be treated must be washed and left to dry completely, advises Drugs.com. The cream should then be rubbed into the area until it is evenly distributed. Common side effects with mupirocin cream include burning, stinging, headache or nausea. Individuals who experience difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth or face, or severe itching should seek immediate medical attention.