What do antibiotics do for stitches?
If a wound has already become infected, then antibiotics or antiseptics are used to kill or slow the growth of the micro-organisms causing the infection and prevent it from getting worse or spreading. This may also help the wound to heal.
How do I know if my 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.
Can stitches cause an infection?
Stitches, or sutures, join the edges of a wound together to repair it and stop any bleeding. However, they can sometimes become infected. Some symptoms of infected stitches are worsening pain, redness, swelling, and pus around the wound.
Can I shower with stitches?
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.
Can I put Neosporin on my 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.
How can I make my stitches heal faster?
After the first 24 to 48 hours, wash around the cut with clean water 2 times a day. 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.
How do you sleep with stitches?
If your skin procedure was on 1 of your arms or legs, sleep with that body part raised above the level of your heart. You can do this by resting your arm or leg on pillows. Ask your nurse if you need to avoid lying on your wound or putting any pressure on it for the first 48 hours.
How do I know if my stitches are healing?
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 long should stitches 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.
Can infected stitches heal on their own?
Most cases of infected stitches can be successfully treated with a topical or oral antibiotic with no long-term effects. If you notice that your stitches have become red, swollen, more painful, or are oozing pus or blood, see your doctor.
Do stitches hurt when healing?
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.