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Doctor insights on: Skin Turns White After Stitches

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When before skin grows over stitches?

When before skin grows over stitches?

Stitches: It depends on the technique of suturing and the thickness of the sutures.Usually 2 or 3 weeks, but they are easily removed from the long ends. More importantly is how long it takes to form an epithelial tract down and around the suture. Again this is related to suture thickness but 3 to 6 weeks. ...Read more

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I have a wound that I think needed stitches, happened a week ago, I have been treating it myself, but the skin is still open, should I have it looked?

I have a wound that I think needed stitches, happened a week ago, I have been treating it myself, but the skin is still open, should I have it looked?

You might: If no surrounding redness, purulent drainage, or warmth, you may be able to handle this on your own. If any of the above are present, you need to see a medical professional. If not, clean with soap and water and use otc triple abx ointment. Fyi- do not clean with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, as those are ok to use when you first hurt yourself, but those products end up killing good new skin. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a brown skin lump from having stitches?

Is it normal to have a brown skin lump from having stitches?

Yes: Any trauma to skin including sutures can cause pigmentation and scar formation. See a plastic surgeon if this bothers you. ...Read more

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Is yellowish skin around my stitches normal?

Is yellowish skin around my stitches normal?

Blood: This is probably blood which is being digested. If there is no sign of infection or swelling it is part of healing process. ...Read more

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What to do about hair styling with stitches in head?

What to do about hair styling with stitches in head?

Would avoid: Combing or brushing directly over the area with sutures. ...Read more

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How long before I can wash my head wound with 5 stitches?

How long before I can wash my head wound with 5 stitches?

Wound care: Typically wait 24 to 48 hours after suture placement before gentle washing with warm water and mild soap. Okay to hairdryer the sutures after washing. Okay to call the clinic or doc who placed sutures for follow up visit and advice on your wound. ...Read more

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Have my stitches came out too early? I can see edges of skin.

Have my stitches came out too early? I can see edges of skin.

Time for stitches: The time to remove stitches depends on several things: body location, type of closure and stitch material used. Your best source for answers to your questions is your surgeon! ...Read more

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My skin is growing over my stitches, they are prolene (non dissolving). Should I be worried?

My skin is growing over my stitches, they are prolene (non dissolving). Should I be worried?

Not really.: It's common for skin to grow over sutures. It may make them a little more difficult to remove, and the area may have to be numbed up a bit in order to remove them, but it's nothing to be concerned about. You may wish to call your surgeon and ask if he/she wants to take the sutures out a bit sooner than planned. ...Read more

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Any procedure for removing healed skin grown over your stitches due to it being left for too long?

Keloid?: If the stitches are still in place they must be removed. If the skin is a thick scar this is called keloid formation and is not so easily fixed. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon may be able to offer injections of different treatments into the scar. Surgical excision of the scar may result in an even larger scar. ...Read more

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Can you use liquid bandage products on a 1/2 -1 inch cut on the top of the head? Or are stitches required?

Can you use liquid bandage products on a 1/2 -1 inch cut on the top of the head? Or are stitches required?

Depends: Whether or not you need stitches really depends on the depth of the wound. I would have a trained medical professional examine the wound and determine if stitches are necessary. ...Read more

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I had 8 internal stitches and 15 external. I can still feel all internal stitches and 1 is protruding through my skin. Help?

I had 8 internal stitches and 15 external. I can still feel all internal stitches and 1 is protruding through my skin. Help?

Where are these?: Depends on location. Usually internal suture material is the dissolving kind, but sometimes it doesn't dissolve soon enough. If you see no redness, it is probably not infected, so it is not emergency. But have a doctor look at it, it doesn't sound normal. ...Read more

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I do have a little pain in my back neck when I twist it hard, it feels like one rope is stitched from my head down to my back.?

I do have a little pain in my back neck when I twist it hard, it feels like one rope is stitched from my head down to my back.?

Muscular strain: Most likely pain is muscular strain. Can use a heating pad on warm for 15 minutes at a time and over the counter medication like alive, ibuprofen. If not improving need to see a medical provider ...Read more

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I have a cut on my head I had fallen and hit my head. I can pull it open and it's about 2 eights of an inch long, do I need stitches?

I have a cut on my head I had fallen and hit my head. I can pull it open and it's about 2 eights of an inch long, do I need stitches?

Probably not: 2/8=1/4" not very long, and if the 2 borders are close to each other then serous fluid will likely glue the skin back together. I sometimes use superglue or cyanocrylate to to close the small wound. ...Read more

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Hi dicdon't know y my hair is becoming thin. Bt I have 15 stitches in my head. Can u please suggest me some tablets whch can make my hair think?

Hi dicdon't know y my hair is becoming thin. Bt I have 15 stitches in my head. Can u please suggest me some tablets whch can make my hair think?

Regarding hair loss:: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, finasteride, hair transplants, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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Can a dissolving stitch from a cesarean break lose and come through the skin?

Yes: It happens all the time, and in most cases it's nothing to worry about. It can take several months for dissolvable sutures to dissolve completely. Leave them alone if they don't bother you; but if they do, many obstetricians advise cutting them off at skin level. Check with yours to be sure. ...Read more

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I had a lower frenectomy and it is not healing. The area that the skin was removed from is not closing up. Should they have put stitches to help out?

I had a lower frenectomy and it is not healing. The area that the skin was removed from is not closing up. Should they have put stitches to help out?

Frenectomy problems: Your wound should heal in around 10 days, and it may look quite inflamed during this time, leading you to think it's "not healing'. Resorbable stitches (often a concern for patients who mistakenly think they cause pain) should be used as the procedure done correctly can make a large wound which must be closed. You need to discuss your concerns with your provider, better yet an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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How can you check if a fragment of a non absorbable stitch was left in the skin? Ultrasound? The stitches were removed 1.5 months ago

How can you check if a fragment of a non absorbable stitch was left in the skin? Ultrasound? The stitches were removed 1.5 months ago

Ultrasound is: Unlikely to reveal anything. Most of the time this foreign body will work itself to the surface and fall out on its own. If it is particularly bothersome you could ask your health care professional to tweeze or needle it out like you would for a splinter. ...Read more

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I fell and split the front of my head open resulting in 6 stitches 8 days ago. I am feeling really tired, is this normal? No x-rays were taken.

I fell and split the front of my head open resulting in 6 stitches 8 days ago. I am feeling really tired, is this normal? No x-rays were taken.

Head contusion: Sorry for your accident. After even a mild concussion do not do activities that can compromise your health and cause further head injury. Avoid tasks that require concentration or complicated thinking. Schedule an appointment with your PCP for evaluation and imaging. Also follow the advice of your health care provider. Be well. ...Read more

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Circumcision week ago. Requested 10% from tip to be removed. Looks like the foreskin is pulled back n stitched with skin of shaft. Is this normal?

Circumcision week ago. Requested 10% from tip to be removed. Looks like the foreskin is pulled back n stitched with skin of shaft. Is this normal?

Post op care: Most of the doctors here will defer these surgery questions to the doctor providing care in person. It sounds normal, but any concerns must be raised with the professional caring for you. ...Read more

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Had mole removed 4 weeks ago, stitches have been removed but looks like nurse has left parts of the stitches in the skin. Should I just leave them?

Call the doc: The stitches, it not dissolvable, may get overgrown by your skin causing a chronic irritation around the foreign body, so it is best to have your doctor check the suture area to assure all are gone. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident and I got over 40 stitches inside and out of my head and I think that I see one of the dissolvable stitches sticking out of my?

I was in a car accident and I got over 40 stitches inside and out of my head and I think that I see one of the dissolvable stitches sticking out of my?

Normal: It's common to see dissolvable stitches stick it out through the skin. It's not an indication of any failure of the wound closure. If you see a lot of redness or any signs of infection then it would be worthwhile to show one of us a picture. Otherwise allow a few weeks for the suture to fully dissolve. ...Read more