Why is it bad to get stitches wet?
THE CLAIM: You have to keep stitches dry and covered up after surgery. 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.
How long do stitches need to be covered?
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.
What happens if you get stitches wet before 24 hours?
When physicians perform minor surgeries, they usually instruct patients to keep incisions covered and dry for 24 to 48 hours. However, some evidence suggests that getting wounds wet earlier does not delay healing or promote infection.
Is it better to keep stitches covered or uncovered?
A: Airing out most wounds isn’t beneficial because wounds need moisture to heal. Leaving a wound uncovered may dry out new surface cells, which can increase pain or slow the healing process. Most wound treatments or coverings promote a moist — but not overly wet — wound surface.
How many days after stitches can you get them wet?
After 48 hours, surgical wounds can get wet without increasing the risk of infection. After this time, you can get your stitches wet briefly with a light spray (such as in the shower), but they should not be soaked (for example, in the bath). Make sure you pat the area dry afterwards.
Why do you put Vaseline on stitches?
Lightly pat the wound dry and then apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline®). This will help keep the wound moist and allow it to heal faster with less scarring. Continue applying the petroleum jelly until the wound has fully healed. Open wounds heal more slowly.
Is it normal for stitches to leak fluid?
This discharge is normal in the early stages of healing, as the blood is present in small amounts. A very small percentage of blood in the fluid can make serum appear pink.
Can I wash my stitches?
Do not wash or rub the stitches directly. Dab the site dry with a clean paper towel. Do not rub the area. Avoid using the towel directly on the stitches.
Do stitches hurt as they heal?
It is normal to feel pain at the incision site. The pain decreases as the wound heals. Most of the pain and soreness where the skin was cut should go away by the time the stitches or staples are removed. Soreness and pain from deeper tissues may last another week or two.
Is it OK to shower with a cut?
Yes, you can have a bath or a shower. If your wound does not have a dressing in place when you go home, then you can have a bath or a shower, simply let water run over the wound. If your wound does have a dressing then you can still bathe or shower.
How do you tell if stitches are healing properly?
The edges will pull together, and you might see some thickening there. It’s also normal to spot some new red bumps inside your shrinking wound. You might feel sharp, shooting pains in your wound area. This may be a sign that you’re getting sensations back in your nerves.
How do you tell if stitches are infected?
Watch out for any signs of infection near or around the stitches, such as:
- increased redness around the wound.
- pus or bleeding from the wound.
- the wound feeling warm.
- an unpleasant smell from the wound.
- increasing pain.
- a high temperature.
- swollen glands.