What do you put on stitches?

Which ointment is best for 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.

Should I use Vaseline or Neosporin on stitches?

Apply a thin layer of Vaseline (petrolatum jelly) or Aquaphor Healing Ointment. 4. Please DO NOT use Neosporin, Polysporin or Double or Triple Antibiotic ointment. These products can cause irritation.

Should I put antibiotic ointment on stitches?

A layer of polysporin or bacitracin ointment must be kept over the sutures until they are removed. You may leave the incision site covered or uncovered during the day it is your preference, however, we do recommend that a layer of the antibiotic ointment be kept over the sutures at all times.

Should I put Vaseline on stitches?

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.

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Do stitches need to be 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.

Do cuts heal faster with Neosporin?

NEOSPORIN® + Pain, Itch, Scar helps heal minor wounds four days faster** and may help minimize the appearance of scars.

Is it better to keep stitches moist or dry?

THE FACTS: The instructions for caring for fresh stitches are fairly universal: Keep the sutures clean and dry and avoid getting them wet for at least 48 hours. Doing so, the thinking goes, sharply reduces the rate of infection and improves healing.

Can bacteria grow in Vaseline?

Infections: Not allowing the skin to dry or cleaning the skin properly before applying petroleum jelly can cause fungal or bacterial infections. A contaminated jar can also spread bacteria if you insert jelly vaginally.

Do wounds need air to heal?

Contrary to folk wisdom, wounds need moisture — not air — to heal. Leaving a wound uncovered can slow down the healing process.

Can you put hydrocortisone cream on stitches?

Do not apply any creams or ointments to your stitches unless advised by your doctor. Call your doctor if you have a fever or increasing redness and pain, purulent drainage like yellow or green pus, or bleeding at the site. This could be a sign of infection.

When should you use Neosporin?

This medication is used to prevent and treat minor skin infections caused by small cuts, scrapes, or burns. It is available without a prescription for self-medication.Do not use this product over large areas of the body.

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