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What should you do before you go to the doctor for stitches?

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If you have an object, such as a nail, stuck through your skin, leave it there. It may keep the bleeding from getting worse.

Use a clean towel or bandage to apply direct pressure to the wound. Try to keep the injured area raised above the heart to help stop or slow bleeding. If blood soaks through, don’t remove the old bandage. Just put another one right on top of it.

If you can, clean the injury. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide or iodine – both can irritate your wound.

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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