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How do you take care of stitches (sutures)?

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The doctor or nurse will give you instructions on how to take care of your stitches as your cut heals. These may include specific steps for cleaning and dressing the wound. You may be told to keep the wound and bandages dry.

Your doctor may also recommend an antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection. He'll also tell you about the signs of infection, which include a fever higher than 100 degrees or red streaks on the skin near the wound. And if any of your stitches pop or break, or you have any other concerns, be sure to call your doctor.

From: Getting Stitches (Sutures) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

Nemours Health System: "How Stitches Help Kids Heal."

The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lacerations."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

Nemours Health System: "How Stitches Help Kids Heal."

The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Lacerations."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 15, 2019

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