Health Tip: Caring for StitchesLast Updated: April 02, 2012.
(HealthDay News) -- You may need stitches to help close an open wound and help reduce scarring.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to care for stitches:
- Wait one to three days before getting the area wet.
- Gently wash off any crust that forms and accumulating dirt.
- If the wound seeps clear yellow fluid, you may need to apply a bandage.
- Apply antibiotic ointment if your doctor recommends doing so.
- If your doctor approves, wash and rebandage the area after 24 hours.
- Keep the area raised above your heart to help reduce pain and swelling.