Stitches / Sutures Directory
After you get stitches, also called sutures, your doctor will tell you how to care for them. Some stitches need to be kept dry for a certain amount of time. You may experience minor irritation, which is normal, but unusual redness or swelling could be a sign of infection. Some stitches will be removed by the doctor while other types dissolve on their own. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about why stitches are used, how to care for them, signs of an infection, and much more.
Animal and Human Bites: When Stitches Are Needed-Topic Overview
A bite injury may need to be closed by a health professional,may require antibiotic medicines,or both. The decision to close a wound with stitches,staples,or skin adhesive depends on: The type of biting animal. The size and location of the bite. The time that has passed since the bite occurred. The general health of the person bitten. It is important to determine if your wound needs to ...
Taking Care of Your Stitches or Staples-Topic Overview
Your wound will need care and observation. After the stitches or staples are put in,the area may be covered with a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and covered with a nonstick bandage. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to care for your stitches or staples. Be sure to follow those instructions. Check with your doctor about how long you need to keep your wound dry. In some cases,...
Postoperative Problems-Topic Overview
Many people do not feel well after surgery. Pain, nausea, and a lack of energy may occur even after a minor surgery.
Postoperative Problems-Home Treatment
If you have had surgery, follow the instructions given to you by your surgeon. If the instructions from your surgeon are not clear or do not cover your particular problem, contact your surgeon.