Skin adhesives are clear gels that may be used to hold the
edges of a small cut together. Your doctor may apply a skin
adhesive instead of stitching your cut. A liquid will be applied to your skin
and allowed to dry. As it dries, it creates a film that will hold together the
edges of your cut.
If a skin adhesive is used, be sure to follow
your doctor's instructions on how to care for your cut. In
general, to care for your cut:
Leave the skin adhesive on your skin until it
falls off—usually 5 to 10 days after it was applied.
Do not scratch
or pick at the adhesive. This may cause the adhesive to fall off too
Follow your doctor's instruction on keeping the
wound and skin adhesive dry. You can shower with a skin adhesive in place. Be
sure to gently dry the area after you shower. Avoid soaking your wound in
water, such as tub bathing, washing dishes, or swimming.
doctor has applied a bandage over the wound, keep it clean and
dry. Follow your doctor's instruction on changing the
Do not put ointments, including antibiotic ointment, over
the adhesive. This can cause the adhesive to soften or come off too
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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