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Why are stitches important?

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When you need them, stitches are important because they:

So it helps to know when to take care of a cut on your own and when you need to see a doctor.

  • Give you support and strength while your skin closes up
  • Lower your chances of bleeding and infection
  • Minimize scars

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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