Your wound will need care and observation. After the stitches or staples are put in, the area may be covered with a thin layer of ointment and covered with a nonstick bandage. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to care for your stitches or staples. Be sure to follow those instructions.
Do you need to keep stitches covered?
Protect the stitches.
You may need to cover your stitches with a bandage for 24 to 48 hours, or as directed. Do not bump or hit the suture area. This could open the wound. Do not trim or shorten the ends of your stitches.
Should I cover my stitches or let them breathe?
A: Airing out most wounds isn’t beneficial because wounds need moisture to heal. Leaving a wound uncovered may dry out new surface cells, which can increase pain or slow the healing process. Most wound treatments or coverings promote a moist — but not overly wet — wound surface.
Should stitches be covered when healing?
The healing process
Do not pick covering dressings. Do not pick scabs. They will fall off once the wound is healed or when the sutures are removed. A slight ooze may occur when the suturing is removed.
Does a wound heal faster covered or uncovered?
A handful of studies have found that when wounds are kept moist and covered, blood vessels regenerate faster and the number of cells that cause inflammation drop more rapidly than they do in wounds allowed to air out. It is best to keep a wound moist and covered for at least five days.
How long should you keep a dressing on stitches?
The original dressing can be left in place for up to two days (or as advised by the nurse/doctor), as long as it is not oozing. The wound must be kept dry for two days. If the dressing becomes wet from blood or any other liquid, it must be changed.
Can I put Neosporin on stitches?
The wound and the stitches that hold it together may be cleansed gently with mild soap and water after 24 hours. Twice daily washing may decrease the risk of infection. Sometimes, your doctor may recommend the use of an antibiotic ointment like bacitracin or Neosporin to help minimize infection.
When can I shower after stitches?
After 48 hours, surgical wounds can get wet without increasing the risk of infection. After this time, you can get your stitches wet briefly with a light spray (such as in the shower), but they should not be soaked (for example, in the bath).
How do you wrap stitches?
The dressing should fully cover the area that needs to heal. Leave ½ inch of the cover extending beyond the wound to make sure the wound is covered properly. Then, place a wrap on top of the gauze to keep it in place. Be sure not to wrap it too tightly1.
How do you clean infected stitches?
They can do this by:
- keeping the stitches covered and dry for the first 24 hours.
- cleaning the stitches gently with mild soap and water.
- avoiding perfumed soaps, alcohol wipes, iodine, and peroxide.
- patting the area dry gently with a fresh towel after cleaning.
How do you tell if stitches are infected?
Watch out for any signs of infection near or around the stitches, such as:
- increased redness around the wound.
- pus or bleeding from the wound.
- the wound feeling warm.
- an unpleasant smell from the wound.
- increasing pain.
- a high temperature.
- swollen glands.
How do you cover a wound without bandage?
If you have no fabric, paper towels make an excellent alternative to bandages. You will need something clean to place directly onto the wound, but after that, you can use this paper and tape method to secure the protective covering in place.
How can stitches heal faster?
After the first 24 to 48 hours, wash around the cut with clean water 2 times a day. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which can slow healing. You may cover the cut with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a non-stick bandage. Apply more petroleum jelly and replace the bandage as needed.
How long should you keep a surgical wound covered?
For open surgery, you will have a sticky dressing over your wound. Please leave your wound covered with the sticky dressing for 2 weeks. Open surgical wounds should be kept dry for two weeks. Sometimes we ask you to keep your bulky bandages on until two weeks.
How do you clean a wound with stitches?
Wash with cool water and soap. Clean as close to the stitches as you can. Do not wash or rub the stitches directly. Dab the site dry with a clean paper towel.