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.
Stitches for Cuts, Punctures, and Bites
It can be hard to figure out just how serious a bloody cut, scrape, or puncture is. Learn to tell whether your injury needs stitches.
Getting Stitches (Sutures)
WebMD explains why you might need stitches, what kind you might need, and how to care for them.
Cuts, Scrapes, and Bites
Minor cuts and scrapes are easy to patch up. More serious injuries and bites are not. Learn when to bandage yourself and when to see the doctor.
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.