How do you cover up stitches on your finger?

Should you keep stitches covered or uncovered?

How do I care for my stitches? Protect the stitches. You may need to cover your stitches with a bandage for 24 to 48 hours, or as directed. Do not bump or hit the suture area.

How do you cover a wound on your finger?

Cover the cut with an adhesive dressing or other sterile, compressive dressing. Don’t wrap the finger too tightly so that blood flow is completely cut off. Elevate the finger. Try to keep the injured figure above your heart as much as possible until the bleeding stops.

Can you put anything on stitches?

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.

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How long does a finger stay swollen after stitches?

Normal: Swelling, bruising and redness may continue for days to weeks after the stitches are removed. This is a normal part of healing. Abnormal: If the wound becomes more red, tender or swollen after one to two days, please notify us or consult with your family physician.

Does Neosporin speed up healing?

NEOSPORIN® + Pain, Itch, Scar helps heal minor wounds four days faster** and may help minimize the appearance of scars.

Do wounds heal faster covered or uncovered?

A handful of studies have found that when wounds are kept moist and covered, blood vessels regenerate faster and the number of cells that cause inflammation drop more rapidly than they do in wounds allowed to air out. It is best to keep a wound moist and covered for at least five days.

How do you heal a deep cut on your finger without stitches?

For smaller lacerations that do not require stitches, use an antiseptic ointment and an adhesive bandage (such as a butterfly closure bandage). This will help to keep the wound clean and help prevent infection and scarring.

How do you make a cut on your finger heal faster?

Apply pressure to the cut using a clean washcloth or gauze. Maintain pressure for one to two minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply petroleum jelly. This will help keep the wound moist for faster healing.

How long do finger stitches take to heal?

You will need to have the stitches removed, usually in 7 to 14 days. The doctor may suggest that you see a hand specialist if the cut is very deep or if you have trouble moving your fingers or have less feeling in your hand.

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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.

What ointment is good for 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.

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 you not do with stitches?

It’s important not to scratch your stitches; even though they’re strong, scratching may damage them. You should avoid contact sports, such as football or hockey, to give your wound the best possible chance to heal. You should not go swimming until your wound has healed and your stitches have been removed.

How do I reduce swelling in my finger after stitches?

Self-care:

  1. Apply ice on your finger for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. …
  2. Elevate your hand above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. …
  3. Wear your splint as directed. …
  4. Apply ointments to decrease scarring.
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Will I get feeling back in my finger after cut?

It’s possible for a laceration to the hand to injure a nerve. This type of injury can cause numbness, loss of feeling, and weakness in the hand, finger, or thumb. In some cases, a simple bruise or swelling around the nerve will cause numbness or tingling for a few days. After this, normal feeling and function return.