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What are stitches?

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Stitches in your skin are like those in your clothes -- a run of thread that holds things together. They’re made from lots of different materials, such as nylon or silk. And some, like the ones used for mouth injuries, dissolve on their own.

From: Does This Cut Need Stitches? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “How Stitches Help Kids Heal.”

MedScape: “Suturing Techniques.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Does You Cut Need Stitches? Find Out How to Tell.”

UCLA: “Lacerations With Stitches.”

AAFP: “Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Core Physicians: “Wound Closure and Wound Care.”

NHS: “Does My Cut Need Stitches?” “How Do I Clean a Wound?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on March 10, 2019

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “How Stitches Help Kids Heal.”

MedScape: “Suturing Techniques.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Does You Cut Need Stitches? Find Out How to Tell.”

UCLA: “Lacerations With Stitches.”

AAFP: “Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Core Physicians: “Wound Closure and Wound Care.”

NHS: “Does My Cut Need Stitches?” “How Do I Clean a Wound?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on March 10, 2019

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