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Mupirocin ointment went in the eye. Concerned about chemical injury to eyes?

i got a tiny tiny bit of mupirocin ointment in my eye as i was treating my daughter s impetigo around her mouth-doesn t hurt at all -will my eye be ok? I already wiped away any residue on my finger after I applied it to my daughter-but the @5 min later I rubbed the lower lid- I m worried as I have extremely dry eyes due to a chemical injury in my eyes (naphythelyne) then eye flushing @ 6 months ago. Thanks, Annemarie Thanks! YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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Hi Annemarie. Bactroban or Mupirocin ointment is typically meant for the skin in impetigo and the literature along with the medication states that it should not be used for the eyes. In your case, it was purely accidental and from what you have indicated, the amount that must have entered your eye, if it did at all ,should be too little to be of any concern. You do not have any symptoms at all and most likely will not either. The chemical injury you sustained a while back will not make your eye more prone to damage so rest assured all is fine. Do remember to wash your hands after using any ointment not meant for ophthalmic use in the future.
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