Taking care of stitches and staples

Taking care of stitches and staples

Parvez A. Shaikh

By Dr Parvez A. ShaikhGeneral Physician

Wounds are a common occurrence which people experience in their day to day activities. Sometimes they heal automatically. However at other times they require medications; even stitches and staples. In the case of stitches and staples, you must be careful in order to avoid infections and further damage which generally follow. Here is a complete medical guide to taking care of stitches and staples the right way:

1. Daily Dressing

After the stitches and staples are done, the wound is generally covered with an antibiotic ointment and dressed with a bandage accordingly. Generally, the bandage must be removed within 24 hours. Keeping the bandage on the stitches for a long period of time can cause infection. The bandage must be periodically replaced in order to avoid such a situation.
2. Constant Check

Stitches and staples normally cause redness and an inflammation of the skin. Though this is a natural consequence of stitches, you must keep a proper check in order to avoid further complications.

3. Consider the Time

Depending on the wound and the area affected, stitches are removed. If on the face, stitches are generally removed within four to five days. The time period increases if it is on the joint or abdomen. This must always be considered. You must visit a doctor for the removal of stitches within the stipulated time; extending which, the wounds may worsen.

4. Contact With Water Must Be Avoided

The area where the stitches were performed always has the potential to flare up into an infection. Therefore it is imperative that the area of the wound where the stitches are performed is kept away from any contact with water. Try to stay away from swimming or any other activity which involves water as much as possible.