How to remove seams?
After surgeries and various skin lesions, the stitches left by the doctors remain on the body. When the wounds heal completely - the stitches need to be removed. It is better if this is done by a specialist in an outpatient clinic, but if you do not have the opportunity to see a doctor, you can do it at home. Before you remove the seams yourself, you should be familiar with the basic rules for their removal.
How to remove stitches by yourself
The rate of wound healing and the aesthetic appearance of the scar largely depend on how carefully the suture is removed. Therefore, before removing the stitches at home, you need to know how to do it correctly, to avoid the risk of infection. So, removing the seams, observe the following sequence of actions:
- Make sure that the wound has healed completely, that it does not bleed, does not fester and does not cause pain.
- Remove the bandage or patch covering the suture. The bandage that has dried to the wound can be soaked in a weak solution of potassium permanganate or impregnated with hydrogen peroxide. The patch can be peeled off only along the seam!
- Treat the suture area thoroughly with some antiseptic. Best of all for these purposes suitable medical alcohol or iodine.
- Take tweezers, scissors and a clean napkin. Before removing the seams, tweezers and scissors should always be disinfected with alcohol or furatsilina solution.
- Use tweezers to hook one end of the string and pull it a few millimeters. Cut the thread near the skin and carefully remove it with tweezers. In this process, the main thing to ensure that the thread is located on the outside, did not get inside.
- After the sutures are removed, the scar should be treated again with an antiseptic and a sterile dressing should be applied.
Now you know how to remove the seams yourself. With proper approach to this case, infection of the wound or any pain should not arise. However, in case of doubt or discomfort, be sure to seek medical attention.