Do not apply any creams or ointments to your stitches unless advised by your doctor. Call your doctor if you have a fever or increasing redness and pain, purulent drainage like yellow or green pus, or bleeding at the site. This could be a sign of infection.
Can you put cream on stitches?
They can damage the skin in the wound and delay healing. Also, don’t put on any lotion, cream, or herbal product unless you’ve checked with your doctor first. Your doctor will tell you how to wash out your wound.
Do stitches itch when they are healing?
It is normal for stitches or staples to cause a small amount of skin redness and swelling where the stitch or staple enters the skin. Your wound may itch or feel irritated.
Can I put hydrocortisone on my incision?
Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts, scrapes, or burns. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away with water. This medicine should only be used for skin conditions that your doctor is treating.
Can I use hydrocortisone cream after surgery?
If needed you may use 1% Hydrocortisone twice daily. This is available OTC at any drug store. 11. If your wound becomes more swollen, red, hot, or if you have drainage that looks like pus, or if you suffer from increased pain to your wound site, please call your doctor.
How do I stop my stitches from itching?
Some ways to relieve stitch itch include:
- applying an ice pack or cold compress.
- antihistamines like Benadryl.
- proper dressing and bandaging (speak with your healthcare team about how to care for your wound)
- keeping skin moisturized.
- protecting the wound from irritation with a covering or clothing.
Can I put anything on my stitches?
Keep the wound bandaged and dry for the first day. After the first day, wash around the wound with clean water 2 times a day. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which can slow healing. You may cover the wound with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a nonstick bandage.
Why do you put Vaseline on stitches?
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends petroleum jelly for keeping a wound moist and to help prevent it from drying out and forming a scab, because they take longer to heal. This will also help prevent a scar from getting too large, deep or itchy.
How long will stitches itch?
As your wound heals, it’s going to itch. Don’t scratch it! There are a few steps you can take to reduce the itch, but patience is what you really need. Typically, the itch will be gone in four weeks or less, but that’s dependent on many factors including the size and depth of the wound.
Can I put Neosporin on stitches?
The wound and the stitches that hold it together may be cleansed gently with mild soap and water after 24 hours. Twice daily washing may decrease the risk of infection. Sometimes, your doctor may recommend the use of an antibiotic ointment like bacitracin or Neosporin to help minimize infection.
When should you not use hydrocortisone cream?
It can make some skin problems worse like impetigo, rosacea and acne. Only use hydrocortisone skin treatments on children under 10 years old if a doctor recommends it. Creams you can buy are not supposed to be used on the eyes, around the bottom or genitals, or on broken or infected skin.
Does hydrocortisone cream promote healing?
Hydrocortisone (steroid) medicine helps control eczema flares. It reduces the inflammation and itch and helps your skin heal faster.
Does hydrocortisone cream help with scars?
For severe acne, hydrocortisone injections inserted directly into the lesions can shrink them, speed healing, and improve inflammation; it’s considered an effective treatment that can prevent or minimize scarring.
What to put on scars after stitches?
Massage the wound after sutures have been removed using a moisturizing lotion with Vitamin E or Aloe. Gently massage the skin around the wound twice daily for the first two weeks, and then once a day for a month. This will increase the blood flow in the area and prevent scar tissue build up.
Does hydrocortisone delay healing?
Wound healing was significantly retarded by both steroids when compared to their vehicles. Fluocinolone had a greater inhibitory effect than hydrocortisone.
When can you put cream on a surgical scar?
Don’t rush into scar treatment right after your injury. Take good care of your wound first and wait until the skin has completely healed (no scab) before starting to apply any topical products such as Mederma® Scar treatment.