When Is The Right Time To Remove The Suture Bandage?
Assalamualikum I want to ask my finger was hit by a machete when I peeled it until it was torn and I took it to the nearest clinic and it had to be stitched up to 4 stitches and the doctor told me to control again but now I also have to go back to the village and I want to ask if the bandage can open it yourself and how long does it take to remove the bandage? Thank you, sorry, if there is a word that is not quite right … Thank you wassalam …
Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com. I am dr. Princess Claudya will help answer your questions.
Post-stitch wound dressings should not be changed by yourself. Because changing the bandage requires sterile conditions and equipment which can only be found in a hospital / clinic by a doctor or paramedic. If the bandage changes are not done sterile, this puts you at risk of infection.
The bandage should ideally be changed every 1-2 days, because the bandage is usually wet with wound fluid, which if not changed there will be a risk of infection, as if the bandage is changed non-sterile.
My advice, to change the bandage you should come to the nearest clinic / hospital in your hometown. Changing the bandage does not have to be done at the place where you were treated for the first time (in this case the clinic which performs wound cleaning and suturing). The important thing is in a place that can provide sterile facilities and materials for changing your bandages so that infection does not occur.
Be aware that if your wound is painful, the area around it is red, pus, bleeding, or there are loose stitches, come immediately to the nearest clinic or emergency room for treatment because your wound may have an infection.
That is the explanation from me. Hopefully helpful and useful.
dr. Princess Claudya