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Care for your Stitches

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What are stitches?

Stitches, or sutures, are used to close cuts and wounds on the skin. Stitches need to be removed after your wound has healed.

How do I care for my stitches?

What can I do to help my wound heal?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

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