Don't Be Surprised to See Mupirocin Used Intranasally for MRSA Decolonization

We're getting questions about topical mupirocin (Bactroban) for the "decolonization" of methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA).

Some people are "colonized" with MRSA...and have the bacteria in their nostrils, but are NOT sick with an infection.

The practice of "decolonizing," or removing the bacteria, started in hospitals to reduce the risk of surgical site infections.

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