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 ...
Skin Adhesives (Liquid Stitches)-Topic Overview
Skin adhesives are clear gels that may be used to hold the edges of a small cut together. Your doctor may apply a skin adhesive instead of stitching your cut. A liquid will be applied to your skin and allowed to dry. As it dries,it creates a film that will hold together the edges of your cut. If a skin adhesive is used,be sure to follow your doctor's instructions on how to care for your ...
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,...
Incision Care After Surgery-Topic Overview
After surgery, you will need to take care of your incision as it heals. Your doctor used either stitches, staples, or tape strips to close your incision, and you will need to keep the area clean, change the dressing according to your doctor's instructions, and watch for signs of infection. Tips for reducing the risk of infectionTo reduce the risk of infection: Do not wash the area for at least 24