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How long should steri-strip stay on a cut which is about 3cm long, will strips fall by themselves, and can it get wet? Thank you.

How long  should steri-strip stay on a cut which is about 3cm long, will strips fall by themselves, and can it get wet? Thank you.

Steri-strip: steri-strips often fall by themselves and you should keep them clean and dry to give your cut a better chasnce to heal without complications. They should stay about 5-7 days. ...Read more

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Best way to remove steri strips from glued cut? Water? Or just pull?

Best way to remove steri strips from glued cut? Water? Or just pull?

Steri Stripts: It is often best to let these dry out and as they get to the point they are falling off you can then just pull them off the rest of the way. But it is often about being patient and letting the skin heal underneath. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to steri strips, what to clean wounds with?

Allergic reaction to steri strips, what to clean wounds with?

It depends: First, you should make your surgeon aware of this problem. He or she may suggest nothing at all but could also possibly suggest saline wound wash, cetaphil, or other over-the-counter products to clean the wound. ...Read more

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How do you put on steri strips and is flufloxacillin stronger than pencilling and amoxicillin?

How do you put on steri strips and is flufloxacillin stronger than pencilling and amoxicillin?

Flufloxacillin: As far as I know Flufloxacillin and amoxicillin are penicillin cousins that have similar spectrum and efficacy. Steristrips usually come in a package. When you take the strip off it has one adhesive side. You attach that to one side of the wound pull the edges together and then adhere the other end to the other side of the wound. ...Read more

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I had lapascopic surgery 2 weeks ago and i juat took off my steri-strips and discoverd clear stitches..I always though stitches were black?

I had  lapascopic surgery 2 weeks ago and i juat took off my steri-strips and discoverd clear stitches..I always though stitches were black?

Sutures OK: Not all suture material is black colored. In fact, the majority of the suture used at the skin is clear or white. We often use a clear plastic-like suture for the laparoscopic incisions called monocryl. It is "dissolvable" and will go away in time. If it protrudes or bothers you, have your surgeon remove the piece in the office. Good observation! ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed 3 days ago. One of my steri strips have came off and I am having similar but not as intense of pain as before. Normal?

I had my gallbladder removed 3 days ago. One of my steri strips have came off and I am having similar but not as intense of pain as before. Normal?

Pain after GB rem: if you are having similar pain, get some blood work looking at your liver function and pancreas function. These are simple blood tests to see if a retained gallstone is stuck in your bile duct. If there is a stone, it can be removed with an endoscope. Your steri strip falling off is not a problem unless there is drainage from the incision. Your surgeon can order the bloodworm and check the incisio ...Read more

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1" long cut on forehead for 3 weeks. I put steri strips on it, but when they fall off about every 3 days the cut opens up again. What should I do?

Suture or skin glue: The muscles under the cut are pulling on the wound and Steristrips aren't strong enough. This is a setup for a wider scar if this doesn't heal soon. You should see a physician and get this closed appropriately, either with sutures or skin adhesive. The skin adhesive is easier and less painful but a couple of very fine stitches probably have the best chance of keeping it closed long enough to heal. ...Read more

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Ok my problem is, why did my incision healed over not under half of the steri-strips that was place over my incision on the abdominal area?

Need more info: I'm not sure about your incision healing. What surgery was done? How long ago? Is any part of the wound still open? Is it all healed, just not evenly? ...Read more

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My doctor put steri strips after he got the stitches out from my face. It has been 4 days & they still haven't fallen off. Do i need to do anything?

My doctor put steri strips after he got the stitches out from my face. It has been 4 days & they still haven't fallen off. Do i need to do anything?

No: Steristrips are reinforcing mini bandages preventing reopening the wound in tension areas! they usually fall off and no need to do anything . Only watch for redness , swelling, pain , irritation around the wound . If any doubt see doctor. Face is cosmetically important area and you don't want to experiment there! ...Read more

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