Health Tip: Caring for Stitches
(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 dirt.
If the wound seeps clear yellow fluid, you may need to apply a bandage.
Apply antibiotic ointment if your doctor recommends doing so.
If your doctor approves, wash and rebandage the area after 24 hours.
Keep the area raised above your heart to help reduce pain and swelling.
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