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suepangi
Should I cover stitches or let my wound breathe?
Got 6 stitches on my chin 2 nights ago. Should I keep it covered with a bandage or not? Any suggestions as to how to minimize scarring would be great, too. Thanks!
                     




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When it comes to wound care, keeping the area from drying out will help to avoid scarring. Once the area dries out, the area becomes less flexible causing the proteins in the tissue to build up which is what leads to scarring. I wouldn't recommend covering it with a bandage though as this could increase the risk of infection. An ointment (i.e. neosporin) would be a great way to keep the area from drying out - however, I would avoid products with large amounts of vitamin e as research shows a correlation between vit e and skin irritation/inflammation (prime culprits to scarring). Good luck!


ironchain15
If the doctor did not cover the stitches and did not tell you to keep them covered, then I would not cover them unless you were going to wash the rest of your face. Stitches generally do not need to be covered unless the doctor tells you to cover them. Just keep the stitches dry. If you get them wet, do not rub them dry. Pat them dry with a soft bath towel. To minimise scarring, use Vitamin E oil on the scar at least twice a day. Only do this when the stitches are out.


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