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.
Does This Cut Need Stitches?
You can handle everyday scrapes and scratches on your own, but for more serious cuts, you might need stitches. Learn about the signs that a wound needs a doctor’s help and what to do before you go.
Getting Stitches (Sutures)
WebMD explains why you might need stitches, what kind you might need, and how to care for them.
Treatment for Cuts or Lacerations
WebMD walks you through first aid steps for cuts and lacerations.
How to Take Care of Your Stitches
You’ve got stitches. Now what? Learn about how to take care of them while you heal and signs of infection.