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When should you avoid getting stitches (sutures)?

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There are certain instances where you shouldn't get stitches, such as puncture wounds. But you may still need to see a doctor, especially if you haven't had a tetanus shot in more than 5 years.

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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