I cut my finger on Sunday night and had to get three stiches. I was not given any antibiotics to take. I was not told really how to care for it when I left the er. I have been keeping it wrapped and covered because I don't want to hit it on nothing. It hurts, sometimes burns and when i changed the gauze tonight it was still bleeding. I made a follow up to get them out on Saturday. How do I know when it is healed to get them out the er told me seven days. Why does it burn sometimes throb and hurt when I am not even using it. I want to make sure it is completely healed needle I take them out. Should I be keeping ice on it? It is my right hand and that it my everyday hand. I type all day at work. It says to wash the stiches. I change the dressing ache put antibiotic ointment on it twice a day. When do I know the cut is healed and they are ready to come out. It looks good but wasn't bleeding till today. I cut it when the glass broke I it while I was washing dishes.So i should not be putting antibiotic cream on it at all. The instructions from the hospital say to apply medication to it and wash it twice a day but then say to keep it clean and dry so it contridicts itself. I keep my finger wrapped all day while i am at work. If i touch it then it hurts if i hit it on something then it hurts sometimes it burns. It has not started to itch however the hospital said that i should be able to get them out in seven days so i made an appointment with my doctor on saturday but i do not think they are ready to come out. I do not see a scab on it. I change the gauze that is covering it twice a day i use a non stick guaze pad to cover it, then wrap it with cotton type wrap and then put a ace wrap around it to keep the cotton wrap in place. I have to wear it like this at work. I am guessing that they will not be coming out on saturday and i will prob get other instructions then on what to do. They only put three stiches in but i think that they should have done more because it looks like it should be stiched more.
They aren't contradicting really. Other then the cleaning that should be kept dry. You're not going to get much of a scab. And what do you mean you didn't get instructions. They gave them to you on paper. There are great bandaids they make one stretchy and just for fingers. I cut my fingers quite often when doing dishes and these are the only thing I've found that stays. As far as getting the stitches out you could probably wait until Monday. We used to say 10 days for stitches.
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