In the world of sports, especially combat and contact sports, it often seems that getting stitches is more of a “when” than “if”. One of the key components of getting back to action as quick as possible is proper healing and home treatment of those stitches. Here are some Dos and Don’ts from Matt Marsden, cutman for Bellator MMA.
- Leave the bandage (if you have one) on for the first 24 hours
- After the first 24 hours, gently wash the area with soap and water
- Gently wash the area twice a day thereafter until the stitches are removed or absorb
- Pat the area dry with a clean towel
- Use a product like TUFWOUND natural first aid cream after each washing to protect the wound and keep it moist
- Call your doctor if the wound starts swelling, oozing or getting hot and red.
- Submerge the stitched area by doing activities like washing the dishes, baths, hot tubs etc.
- Bang or bump into the wound a lot
- Try to adjust or trim the ends of your stitches.
- Scratch the wound.
Cutman, Bellator MMA