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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.