Your skin will heal better when it is air cooled and dry.
Dressings are used only to collect liquid that may come from the wound or to protect the wound from irritation or from getting contaminated.
Putting ointments or other potions on a wound is rarely indicated. Fingers are the main source of infection so it is important to refrain from touching a wound.
If a dressing is on a wound and it becomes moist for any reason then the dressing needs to be changed.
If you wish to clean a wound then it is best to use a clean cloth that is soaked in a saline solution. To make a saline solution, use one cup of water with two teaspoons of salt – boil and leave to cool before using.
If you have stitches that are under the skin, it is common to use steristrips to hold the wound edges together. The steristrips should be left in place for at least three days. Don’t be concerned if they come off before the three days as this sometimes happens due to movement of the skin.
Stitches that are in the skin surface are usually left in place for at least seven days. If they are on the face then they are often removed before seven days and if they are placed where there is a lot of movement, the stitches may need to stay in place for up to fourteen days. If you feel comfortable removing the stitches yourself, we can supply you with a stitch cutter. Please send a picture of the wound to Dr Cottee by email to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to removing the stitches.
Should the wound become unusually red or tender then please make an appointment to have the wound checked. Alternatively, you may take a picture of the wound and send it to Dr Cottee by email at email@example.com. Dr Cottee will attempt to respond to your emails within 24 hours