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How Long Before Getting Stitches Wet
How long after getting stitches till I can get them wet? (i got 5 on my hand and I'm dying to wash my hand!)
Sutures and water: They can be wet within hours of having the sutures placed. As long as the water is clean - ie washing or showering or swimming pools should be fine. Swimming in the ocean or rivers/lakes - probably not ok. As far as specifics for your issue - it should be safe - just "pat" dry. And avoid rubbing. ...Read more
Depends: This depends on many factors. Where the stitches are. Stitches in the face can often be removed in about 5 days but stitches in the leg or over a joint may need to stay in longer. Wounds that have to be closed under tension or in areas of radiation or in diabetics often have to stay in longer. The bottom line is the doctor putting in the stitches is usually the best person to know. ...Read more
Depends on how dirty: Or contaminated the wound is. Closing a bacterially-loaded wound only puts a "lid on a garbage can" and often ends up with deeper tissue infection or worse scarring/healing issues. The "golden period" for fresh wound closure is longer nowadays, and longer for facial or scalp injuries, but recent studies show that most wounds can still be successfully closed up to 19 hours. Sooner is better! ...Read more
18 hours: Up to 18 hours. If the cut is on your face, up to 24 hours. ...Read more
Hi I have had my disk removed home the next day the wound is 2 inches covered with a plaster how often shall I replace the plaster and when can I get it wet its dissolve able stitches thanks?
Ask your surgeon: You should have received wound care instructions and activity restrictions from your surgeon. Every surgeon tends to have his own specific post op care routine that can vary from patient to patient for several reasons. I do not have enough information to guide you appropriately. ...Read more
Yes: If you have further questions, check w/your surgeon. Enjoy your newly remodeled penis. ...Read more
Optimally ASAP: It depends on the wound, conditions, degree of contamination, tissue loss, exposed tissues, etc. It is best for a physician to make this determination. However clean body wounds are generally safe to close within 4-6 hours whereas clean facial wounds may be deferred for up to 24 hours. Dressing changes may extend this window. Some wounds are better left open to heal without stitches. ...Read more
If I don't get stitches right away on an open wound cut. How long do I have until I can't get them no more?
Depends on where: The longer a cut is left open before closing with sutures the higher the risk of infection after closing. Some areas such as the face have such an abundant blood supply that it may be safer to close an older cut than say one on the leg. If it is past about six hours it may not be advisable to close. ...Read more
I think I have a mucocele, to get it removed does it hurt a lot? And around how long do the stitches last? Will it hurt after they're in?
Laser: Hi Kenneth! It's usually a fairly easy surgery. I use a soft tissue laser to remove mucoceles in my office. They usually heal with a few days and usually have very little discomfort after the procedure. I'm sure you would be able to see a dentist with a laser in your area. The procedure should take just a few minutes once you are numb. Best of luck! ...Read more
Until dissolve: If they are outside your mouth and exposed to the water, wait until they dissolve. Otherwise your wound may reopen or heal improperly. Good Luck. ...Read more
Should I be concerned if my fiancee' got stitches in his finger today. Is he able to get them wet?
I have stitches in my leg from a minor procedure. It's been about a week now, can I get the area wet in the shower and remove the plasters?
Is it possible to leave stitches in for too long? How would I know it's time to get them removed by a doc?
Yes: Have them taken out when advised. Otherwise you can get infections and bad scars. ...Read more
How long after a cut can you get stitches done? Do I need tetanus injection? Ripped finger open on a thorn on Saturday morning
Doctor's call: Depending on what the wound looks like and where it is (as well has how long it's been 'untreated') will determine whether the doc decides to stitch it closed. If it's a thorn injury, I probably would not stitch it, although obviously it needs to be seen first. If you are more than 10 years over due for tetanus, you should be boosted (re-immunized). If it was really a dirty wound, I would say 5 yr ...Read more
Had tympanoplasty 3 weeks ago. Most of my dissolvable stitches have fallen off but not all of them. Can I take a shower and get those stitches wet?
Its 3rd day fr appendectomy operation. Wanna take a shower but not sure if it's ok for stitch to get soaped & wet. It still has the little plaster on?
I recently got stitches on the top of my nose. First stitches IV had. Will they hurt coming out and will the cuts get covered again and if so how long?
Not much pain: Won't hurt too bad but pain is a highly relative sensation. Skin will heal over wound quickly and scar will mature in 6-12 months. ...Read more
It is 2 months after shaved eyebrow by razor to stitch wound and the growth is sparse hair so how long to get be normal again?
Eyebrows can be lost!
frequently, surgeons just separate the hairs and stitch between rather than clipping or shaving.
Discuss with your caregiver. ...Read more
Laceration on the bottom of my foot. 1cm deep 14 stitches long. Will get stitches out in 12 days. When can I resume normal activity?
Once well healed: I would follow up with your doctor, it would certainly need to be well healed before you do much. It is also important to keep it clean and dry to decrease the likelihood of any infection issues. ...Read more
I got six stitches on my ring finger tip and two on middle finger tip. Can I get it wet? Should I use neosporin? Should I keep it covered?
Neosporin: + keep it dry and open to air unless you work with your hands, then keep it covered. ...Read more
Can new stitched wound due to normal birth delivery contract HIV if get in touch with wet blood on toilet bowl? Should I get tested for Hiv?
Eyebrow shaved by razor 2 months ago to stitch wound and the hair growth again but not like before, so how long shall I wait till get it as usual?
First,: Shaving eyebrows or any hair for that matter is not recommended for wound closure. Trimming is the acceptable method. Second, the new eyebrow will grow only very very slowly and may or may not resemble the un-shaved eyebrow. It may take up to a year. ...Read more
I had a mole removed on my shoulder on Wednesday and got stitches is it normal for it to still be sore also when can I get them wet?
See below: The site may be a little sore on movement. You may get it wet now as the surface should be sealed. ...Read more
Had my baby last week. I stoppped bleeding and my stitches have all fell out and im no longer in pain. When can I get my Depo-Provera birth control shot?
Anytime now: Some women actually get the Depo-Provera shot soon after delivery and so in your case you can get the shot anytime now. Consult with your doc. Good luck and congrats on the new baby! ...Read more
I'm having surgery to get a swollen lymph node out. How long is it going to take to recover.? How long well the stitches be in?
Depends: Usually not very long for recovery, a few days to a week depending on where the node was. Stitches will come out 7-10 days later...Again depending on where. ...Read more
If indicated: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read more
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