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Skin Adhesive Care

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 2, 2022.

Skin adhesive is medical glue used to close wounds. It is a substitute for staples and stitches. Skin adhesive wound closures take less time and do not require anesthesia. You have less pain and a lower risk of infection than with staples or stitches. Skin adhesive will fall off after the wound is healed.



  • Keep your wound clean and dry for 1 to 5 days. You can shower 24 hours after the skin adhesive is applied. Lightly pat your wound dry after you shower.
  • Do not soak your wound in water, such as in a bath or hot tub.
  • Do not scrub your wound or pick at the adhesive. This can make your wound reopen.
  • Do not apply ointments to your wound. These include antibiotic and other ointments that contain petroleum jelly. These products will remove skin adhesive and reopen your wound.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your wound is red and warm to touch.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your wound has fluid draining from it.
  • Your wound opens.

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