There are many of us who like to live in denial although that makes us less prepared for any impending danger that is likely to or can affect our families. It is normal for many people to think that accidents don’t happen to them. These happen to others and so they take a causal approach to learn till one day when they realise the importance of staying prepared for the situation.
That is why we do need to know how to take care of our wounds when we are hurt. For a deeper cut, we may also require stitches. Then we not only need to know about how to care for the cut but also how to take care of the top quality sutures so that our wound heals faster and we can get back to our normal life as soon as possible.
That is why here an attempt is made to let you know how to take care of your sutures at the time of an accident. This knowledge will come handy when there is an emergency and you must take care of the sutures. So just read on.
How To Take Care Of Sutures? Important Steps
- The first day (i.e. the first 24 hours) is most crucial for keeping the bandage intact and the sutures dry.
- After the first day you can do away with the bandage and clean the wound by letting clean soapy water run over it. Do not rub the wound and just pat it dry.
- With the antibiotic ointment, you just have to dress the wound once you have washed it. Now is the time to re-bandage the wound with a new and clean bandage.
- Never let the wounds get dirty and infected.
- You should also never let the wound soak in water.
- If the doctor has suggested to air the wound, then it is advisable to keep the wound open. But it is a must that you see to it that no dirt comes in contact or get into the wound.
- You should watch for infection signs like pain, swelling or drainage. You should see you doctor without delay if any of these symptoms develops.
- Follow up with your doctor at every step to ensure that your wound and sutures are taken care of in the right way.
- For removing the suture you should go to the doctor’s office on the designated day. There after check-up, the doctor will go forth to remove the stitches.
- There can be a scar initially after removal of the suture, but if you follow the advice of the doctor, in most cases, you can get rid of the scar.
The above are some of the steps to take care of your wound and your suture in the right way. These same procedures usually work with the different types of sutures. So if you know this, in most cases, you will be able to cater to any post-surgery aftercare that does not call for any special attention or alteration. This way you can stay prepared even when an untoward incident occurs.