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Wound Care Instructions:

  • Keep the wound clean and dry.
  • Follow the washing and drying instructions provided by your medical provider for the wound after dressing removal.
  • Make sure your hands are clean if you apply a topical medication over the wound
  • Take pain medications as directed by your doctor.
  • Follow up with your doctor or health care provider to make sure the wound has healed properly.
  • Use the creams or ointments recommended by your doctor.
  • DON’T scrub the stitches, using a towel directly over the stitches, and use a clean paper towel instead.
  • DON’T leave the dressing on the stitches moist because this allows bacteria to reach the area and causes infection.
  • DON’T apply pressure to the stitches area with certain activities.
  • DON’T expose the wound directly to water such as washing dishes (unless thick rubber gloves are used) until the stitches are removed.


When to go to the emergency:

  • If the wound is still bleeding
  • If the stitches fall out before the scheduled time to remove them.
  • When you notice signs of infection, which include:
  • Increased pain.
  • Redness and swelling of the area.
  • Elevated body temperature.
  • Pus (a yellowish substance) coming out of the wound may indicate infection.
  • Numbness or tingling around the wound area.

If you apply dressings to stitches, follow the care instructions provided by your medical provider.