Cut in the Skin Stitches
Home care for lacerations that required stitches or staples includes:
- Gently dab the wound with hydrogen peroxide to remove clotted blood or drainage. Do not scrub or re-injure the wound.
- Use hydrogen peroxide to remove scabs that form on the face only. Do not remove a clean scab that forms on other regions of the body.
- Dry the wound gently, and completely, with a clean towel or gauze.
- Continue to watch closely for signs of infection.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment.
- Cover the wound with gauze or an elastic bandage.
General Guidelines for Suture Removal
Sutures may need to stay in longer when the laceration is over a joint, or in an area that is under a lot of stress, such as the palm of the hand or sole of the foot.
Continue to Cut in the Skin Warning Signs
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