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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