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How to Remove Stitches

Things You'll Need

Instructions

1

Buy a suture-removal kit that includes gloves, antiseptic cream or lotion and tweezers.
2

Wash your hands well and put on the gloves.
3

Examine the wound and verify that it has healed properly.
4

Ensure that there is no infection in the surrounding area of the wound.
5

Clean the area with an antiseptic cream or lotion. This will remove any dried blood and soften the tissue around the wound.
6

Lift the thread up at the knot with the tweezers.
7

Take the suture scissors in your other hand. Gently cut through the thread close to the skin. Make sure not to pull or overstretch the skin.
8

Continue to lift the stitch up with the tweezers. Pull the thread through smoothly and remove it.
9

Remove the other stitches in the same way. You can remove each thread successively or remove alternative stitches.
10

Swab the area gently with antiseptic when done.
11

Cover the area with adhesive bandages or gauze.
12

If any complications develop, contact your doctor or surgeon.

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