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Old 20.12.2014, 09:06
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Stitches care

Tuesday, I will have my stitches removed but I need advices on what to do until then because they are driving me crazy.

Day and night, they itch and pull. I am counting the days, the hours until I can get rid of them.

Can I apply something on it to appease the itchiness?

I would call the doctor but he is very hard to join. So if someone has been there and got the shirt, please, tell me!
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Old 20.12.2014, 10:12
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Re: Stitches care

Are you sure you're not allergic to the glue of the bandaid they put over the stitches?
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Old 20.12.2014, 10:12
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Re: Stitches care

I would suggest that you do try to contact the doctor or hospital.

How long ago were they put in? Any sign of infection or allergic reaction?

You could speak to the pharmacy about taking a (non drowsy) antihistamine... To cut down the itching feeling... Were you given any antibiotic cream to put on it? Does it have a dressing over thr top of the stitches?
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Old 20.12.2014, 10:14
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Tuesday, I will have my stitches removed but I need advices on what to do until then because they are driving me crazy.

Day and night, they itch and pull. I am counting the days, the hours until I can get rid of them.

Can I apply something on it to appease the itchiness?

I would call the doctor but he is very hard to join. So if someone has been there and got the shirt, please, tell me!
If you go to the Dr, he will probably remove some of them, I had exactly the same problem resolved in 30 seconds with a pair of scissors.
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Old 20.12.2014, 10:48
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Are you sure you're not allergic to the glue of the bandaid they put over the stitches?

The bands are all gone now since almost a week. I have 7 stitches at 1 cm apart.

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I would suggest that you do try to contact the doctor or hospital.

How long ago were they put in? Any sign of infection or allergic reaction?

You could speak to the pharmacy about taking a (non drowsy) antihistamine... To cut down the itching feeling... Were you given any antibiotic cream to put on it? Does it have a dressing over thr top of the stitches?
No sign of infections, neatly closed and clean. I got them almost 2 weeks ago, will have them removed on Tuesday. I think the itchiness is related to the healing.

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If you go to the Dr, he will probably remove some of them, I had exactly the same problem resolved in 30 seconds with a pair of scissors.
The doctor will be in surgery all day Monday. I could take them off myself but don't want to get in trouble if something happen on the healing process.
I will try to send him an email. With some luck maybe a can apply something to ease the itchiness and the pulling?
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Old 20.12.2014, 11:39
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Re: Stitches care

Don't pull them out yourself 4 days early- just not worth the risk. Ask your friendly pharmacist- perhpay you could take a antihistamine for a few days. The itching is a good sign, that you are healing. Pull them early, cause damage, and then infection, and you are back to square one- not worth it. It's 'just 4 days' so try to put up with it- you'll be glad you did, in the end.

I feel for you- but best that way, honest. If everything is very dry, doctor may well take them out on Monday.

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Re: Stitches care

I had the same. Uf its totally closed i put aittle bit of light moisturiser on.. helped a lot.
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Old 20.12.2014, 12:35
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Re: Stitches care

Seriously, the health system here is pretty amazing. So I contacted the doctor via email and he already answered me.

Don't touch or scratch it, compress it and take pain killers, but don't put any kind of products on it.

So I just have to suck it up and deal with it until I have them removed.
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Old 20.12.2014, 12:53
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Re: Stitches care

Try taping a light piece of gauze over the area so you can't inadvertently scratch it.
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Are you a contortionist? I wouldn't suck it either

Never could understand the French expression 'prendre son pied'? Do you?

(Populaire) Prendre beaucoup de plaisir (principalement sexuel).
  • Il représente ainsi la sexualité dans des expressions comme « prendre son pied = greatly enjoy sharing sex

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Re: Stitches care

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Never could understand the French expression 'prendre son pied'? Do you?
It's on my big toe, so if I was into it, I could easily reach it.
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Old 21.12.2014, 12:20
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Re: Stitches care

Hi Nil

Glad you got your answer. Here's my experience. When I had stitches in my arm, the hospital told me to massage oil on them. My neighbour got this strange smelling oil from the pharmacy for me. So as others have said, the pharmacies can often help.
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Re: Stitches care

How did it go, Nil? Are your stitches out? Feeling better?

Once the cut is properly closed, I'd recommend treating it with Vitamin E oil, to keep the skin supple. You can get this from a capsule: prick it with a needle, and then squeeze out one drop at a time. In between doses, you can store the capsule in the fridge, held safe in an egg-cup.
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Old 24.12.2014, 22:00
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It's on my big toe, so if I was into it, I could easily reach it.
About "I have 7 stitches at 1 cm apart. " Very impressive big toe
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Old 24.12.2014, 22:23
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Re: Stitches care

It's from the side of the big toe

It felt so much better immediately after he took them out! I am putting fresh aloe Vera on it, many times per day. Thanks for the vitamin D tips.
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Old 24.12.2014, 22:28
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Re: Stitches care

Or, if you are not far from a DM in Germany, buy the body oil called MeinÖl, it is excellent for your skin after an operation.
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