Skin Adhesive Care
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.
What is skin adhesive?
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.
How do I care for the skin adhesive that covers my wound?
- 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.
When should I contact my healthcare provider?
- You have a fever.
- Your wound is red, swollen, and warm to touch.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
When should I seek immediate care?
- Your wound is draining pus.
- Your wound opens.
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