Suture Care (cont.)
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When to Call the Doctor
If a wound is deep, more than about ¼ inch long, does not stop oozing blood, is in a sensitive or cosmetically important area (eye region, lips, or genitals for example), call the doctor or consider going to an emergency or urgent care facility. All wounds and sutured areas may scar; if you have serious cosmetic concerns, you may need to consult a plastic surgeon for special suturing methods to reduce scarring.
After sutures are placed, examine the wound with the suture daily during bandage changes. Look for signs or symptoms of infection:
If you develop any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately for further evaluation. Your doctor will likely start you on antibiotics and may ask you to make an office visit.
Hien L Tran, MD
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