Is The Surgical Suture Safely Applied To Povidone Iodine Continuously?
I had surgery a few weeks ago and the stitches are dry, but it is recommended to use betadine and gauze and glue. Recently I changed the gauze, because my gauze was gone but if it was exposed to betadine water in the gauze turned black, usually it turned yellow when exposed to water after bathing, is it safe or not?
Thank you for the question.
The area of the skin that is stitched after surgery needs to be treated properly so that there is no secondary infection and can heal faster. This surgical scar treatment can be done in various ways depending on the condition of the wound. Therefore, if your doctor teaches certain stitch wound care techniques, then follow the doctor's recommendations well.
The use of antiseptic liquids, such as povidone iodine, in surgical suture wounds is intended to clean the wound so that it is free of impurities and harmful microorganisms that cause infection. By avoiding infection, healing can take place more quickly, and the wound does not become watery, festering, swollen, or has an unpleasant odor. This antiseptic liquid when it comes to gauze can indeed be yellowish, brownish, or blackish. This does not necessarily indicate that the gauze cloth you are using is incorrect or is no longer suitable for use.
In order for your wound to heal better, try buying sterile gauze at an official pharmacy. That way, your risk of getting inappropriate gauze can be minimized. Do not forget, in addition to treating wounds, you should also take regular post-operative treatment and control the condition of your wounds after surgery to the doctor or surgeon who treats you.
I hope this helps.