Pain Relief for Stitches

Pain Relief for Stitches


By Dr. Sanjay Sharma , Pain Management

It is common for people who recover from serious skin injuries, that need stitches, to complain of pain as well as itching sensations. Even though the discomfort during the recovery process is certainly expected, it leads to distractions from other activities. It also makes the healing period seem longer than what it is supposed to be. Relief from this pain resulting from stitches can be provided by utilizing a number of simple home remedies which might turn out to be effective if one is under the general supervision of a doctor.

Some of these remedies are discussed below:

  1. Itching is very common during the recovery process. In some cases, you might want to scratch the affected area in a severe manner which results in the wound being re-opened, thus requiring a re-stitching. Over-the-counter medication for itching can applied topically so that the itching is relieved. The local pharmacy should have a steady stock of such medications. Anti-itch lotions and creams containing menthol, camphor, phenol, pramoxine, diphenhydramine or benzocaine are capable of relieving the itching sensation. These creams should be applied to the stitched wound several times in a day to take care of the itching.
  2. Topical anaesthetics, either in cream or spray form, can provide temporary relief from the pain and itching by numbing the affected area. They are available in several varieties. Examples include antibacterial and anaesthetic cream as well as numbing sprays.
  3. It is possible that the pain occurring from stitches might be due to swelling in the area of injury. This pain and discomfort resulting from swelling can be addressed using alternate applications of cold and hot compresses. A hot compress should be placed on the swollen region for a period of 20 minutes. A cold compress should follow the hot compress for the next 20 minutes. This pattern should be repeated several times in a day so that the swelling and pain caused due to the stitches is taken care of completely.