Health Tip: Caring for Sutured Wounds

Keep the area dry for the first 24 hours

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(HealthDayNews) -- A wound that's been closed with stitches (sutures) requires special home care, according to Children's Hospital in San Diego.

Here's what to do:

  • Keep the wound completely dry for the first 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, you can take brief showers. Avoid soaking the wound.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment three times a day.
  • If the area becomes soiled, clean it with warm water.
  • Change the wound dressing when it gets wet or soiled.
  • Once the edges of the wound have closed, you no longer need the dressing.

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