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Removing Stitches (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

If the following signs of infection adjacent to the sutures are present, call the doctor.

  • Redness
  • Increasing pain
  • Swelling
  • Fever
  • Red streaks progressing up an arm or leg
  • Material coming from out of the wound
  • If the wound reopens and bleeding occurs, call the doctor.
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