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Skin Adhesive Care

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 31, 2022.

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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