Do not wash the area for 24 hours after the suturing (stitching). Then begin washing it gently with warm water and liquid soap one or two times a day. Apply an antibiotic ointment after you wash the wound to keep a thick scab from forming over the sutures (stitches). Swimming and baths are safe 48 hours after the suturing.
Stitches are ready for removal at different times, depending on the site. Your stitches should be removed on the day your doctor recommends. Stitches removed too late can leave unnecessary skin marks or scarring. If any stitch comes out too early, call your physician and, in the meantime, tape the edges of the wound together with adhesive tape.
CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY IF:
An unexplained fever (over 100 degrees F, or 37.8 degrees C) occurs.
There is a red streak or area that spreads from the wound.
CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN WITHIN 24 HOURS IF:
The wound looks infected (pus, a pimple, increasing tenderness, etc.)
A stitch comes out early.
You have other questions or concerns.