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A 42-year-old member asked:

if i have stitches, how would i clean my wound?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Simple cleaning OK: Many wounds will continue to ooze a bit of serum after closure & that can build up & provide food for skin germs that could later invade & infect it. A brief cleaning of the area with soap & water or peroxide being sure to leave it dry can remove the serum & prevent infection. Working around stitches with a wet q tip is also helpful.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Consult your surgeon: Wound care instructions should be obtained from a physician who has inspected your wound. Not all wounds are the same and not all will have the same treatment. Generally however, the wound site should be regularly cleansed with sterile saline or a wound cleanser. Deeper more involved wounds with signs of infection may require oral antibiotics. Consult with your physician for a plan of care.

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Can I do anything to help my wound heal faster?

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Does smoking make my wound healed slower?

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Is it good for wounds to heal in a moist environment?

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How can one care for a wound in which shiny whiteness is observed?

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Hard to say: This sounds like the wound is covered with fibrin. Remove this tissue gently and then apply antibiotic ointment. Cover with some type of a secondary dressing. If no better see a wound care specialist.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what household items can I use to clean and stitch a wound in an emergency?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Keep it simple: Use plain soap and water gently to clean in and around the wound. Pat dry gently. The problem is finding something to "stitch" the wound together that is not carrying a lot of dust, dirt and stuff. Plain thread would work but you increase your risk of infection with it. Better to cover the open area with a clean cloth and get to someone who can do what really needs to be done to maximize healing.

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