It is no secret that accidents and injuries can happen any time and any place. One common remedy for many injuries are stitches. If you have had a recent injury and have had stitches put in, you might be wondering how you should care for them, and if there are any things that you should or shouldn't do. Here are a couple things you need to know about your stitches.
Keep The Area Clean and Moist
Right after the injury it is important that you ensure that the stitches stay moist and that they are free of infection. For this reason, you should be washing your stitches as often as the doctor tells you to. You might not able to wash them right away, but within a couple days you should be able to. This will help to remove any germs, then cover the area with an antibiotic cream.
This cream will protect from further germs, but also keep the area hydrated so that the skin can heal properly and avoid scarring.
Don't Keep The Stitches In Too Long
One of the worst mistakes that people make is keeping their stitches in for too long. This is especially a major mistake if the stitches are on a very visible part of the body, like your face. Usually you only have to keep the stitches in a couple days and then you can get them removed. Don't delay. If you do, there will be lines on your skin where the stitches are.
Avoid Sun Exposure To The Scar
There are some people who have had stitches and you would never know it because they didn't scar at all. Although genetics play a major role in whether or not the skin will scar, it is just as important, or more important, how you care for it.
One of the worst things for the site is sunlight. It is amazing how much sun exposure can discolor the skin. Since the new skin is so sensitive, it will burn easier than the other parts of your body. This means that for the rest of your life you could have a discolored area.
To prevent this, keep the area covered for as long as you can after the injury. If you cannot cover the area because it is on your face or hands, then wear sunscreen all the time. Apply it a couple times daily and you will be amazed at how well the skin heals.
By doing these simple things you can prevent excessive scarring of an area with stitches. If you are looking for a childrens doctor in your area, visit Pediatric and Young Adult Medicine.
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