What is the best ointment to put on stitches?
Apply a thin layer of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) or Aquaphor ointment. We do not recommend Neosporin or certain antibiotic ointments, because in most cases it is unnecessary and may result in an allergic reaction.
Can I put hydrocortisone on stitches?
Stop the antibiotic ointment, use cool compresses, and vaseline. If needed you may use 1% Hydrocortisone twice daily. This is available OTC at any drug store.
Does hydrocortisone help with open wounds?
Do not put on cuts, scrapes, or damaged skin. Use care when putting on a large part of the skin or where there are open wounds. Talk with the doctor. This medicine may cause harm if swallowed.
What helps itchy healing stitches?
To help prevent itching, cover sutures with gauze. If sutures itch, try not to scratch them. For pain relief, try acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Don’t use aspirin.
Is it OK to put antibiotic ointment 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.
Can you put antibiotic ointment on dissolvable stitches?
Gently washing your incision in the shower, just like you would wash any other part of your body, is considered the best way to care for your incision. Use a gentle soap and water to clean your incision. Do not use a cream or ointment on your wound unless you have been instructed to do so.
Does hydrocortisone cream promote healing?
Hydrocortisone (steroid) medicine helps control eczema flares. It reduces the inflammation and itch and helps your skin heal faster.
Why do you put Vaseline on stitches?
Petroleum jelly prevents the wound from drying out and forming a scab; wounds with scabs take longer to heal. This will also help prevent a scar from getting too large, deep or itchy.
What should I put on my stitches?
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. Apply more petroleum jelly and replace the bandage as needed.
Can I put hydrocortisone on broken skin?
Do not use it on areas of broken skin or on open sores. Unless you have been supplied with a preparation which also contains an anti-infective agent (such as miconazole or clotrimazole), do not use it on any areas of infected skin. Apply the cream/ointment once or twice a day.
Does hydrocortisone prevent healing?
Wound healing was significantly retarded by both steroids when compared to their vehicles. Fluocinolone had a greater inhibitory effect than hydrocortisone.
When should you not use hydrocortisone cream?
Never put hydrocortisone on your face unless your doctor says it’s OK and has given you a prescription for it. 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.