Health Tip: Caring for Stitches04/02/12
(HealthDay News) -- You may need stitches to help close an open
wound and help reduce scarring.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these
suggestions to care for stitches:
- Wait one to three days before getting the area wet.
- Gently wash off any crust that forms and accumulating
- If the wound seeps clear yellow fluid, you may need to apply a
- Apply antibiotic ointment if your doctor recommends doing
- If your doctor approves, wash and rebandage the area after 24
- Keep the area raised above your heart to help reduce pain and
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