Should I cover my stitches?
September 2, 2011 8:44 AM Subscribe
To minimize healing time, is it better to cover stitches or not?
posted by rockindata to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A moment of not respecting my Awesome German Bread Knife
resulted in a trip to urgent care and 4 stitches on my middle finger. Fortunately no tendon damage, and only minor nerve damage. Knife is fine.
The doc said that I should only cover it for the first twenty-four hours, and then leave it uncovered. This is 48 hours out, and it seems to be happier covered with a band-aid. No bleeding/oozing at this point, no signs of infection, etc. The internets seem to give conflicting information about what is better. Anyone have a source of reliable information re the cover/not cover quandary?