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.
Should you wash 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.
Can I get my stitches wet?
It’s safe to shower 48 hours after surgery. After 48 hours, surgical wounds can get wet without increasing the risk of infection. After this time, you can get your stitches wet briefly with a light spray (such as in the shower), but they should not be soaked (for example, in the bath).
How do you take care of stitches after surgery?
Cleaning an incision
- Gently wash it with soap and water to remove the crust.
- Do not scrub or soak the wound.
- Do not use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine, which can harm the tissue and slow wound healing.
- Air-dry the incision or pat it dry with a clean, fresh towel before reapplying the dressing.
How do you wash your face with stitches?
If stitches were used, clean the wound daily:
- After removing the bandage, wash the area with soap and water.
- After cleaning, keep the wound clean and dry.
- You may remove the bandage to shower as usual after the first 24 hours, but don’t soak the area in water (no swimming) until the sutures are removed.