How can I care for a wound treated with skin glue?

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How can I care for a wound treated with skin glue?
« on: July 09, 2018, 10:40:32 AM »
Skin glue is a special medical glue used to close wounds. It can be used on its own or with stitches or adhesive tape. It forms a protective waterproof covering over your wound.

When is skin glue used?
Skin glue is usually used for cuts or wounds that:

are small or minor
are up to 5cm long
have straight edges that can be easily pulled together
Skin glue is often used to close wounds on:

the face or head
some parts of the arms and legs
the trunk of the body (torso)
Skin glue isn't suitable for wounds over joints, like your knees, groin or hands.

How long does skin glue stay on?
Skin glue is applied as a liquid or paste to the edges of the wound.

It takes only a few minutes to set.

The glue usually peels off in 5 to 7 days.

The scar should take about 6 months to fade.

How to care for a wound closed with skin glue
Your doctor or nurse will give you advice about caring for a wound closed with skin glue.

General advice:

avoid touching the glue for 24 hours
try to keep the wound dry for the first 5 days
showers are preferable to baths to avoid soaking the wound
use a shower cap if the wound is on the head
pat the wound dry if it gets wet don't rub it
If the wound is on your head, you should be able to wash your hair after 5 days.

Things to avoid during the first 5 days:

don't stick a plaster on the skin glue
don't put creams or lotions on the glue
don't wear clothing that could rub against the glue
don't pick at the glued area
don't brush hair around the glued area
When to get help
Most wounds closed with skin glue heal normally.

You should seek medical attention if:

your wound splits open or starts to bleed
you think your wound may be infected
You might have an infection if:

the wound becomes more red or swollen
the pain or soreness in your wound gets worse
pus or blood leaks from your wound
you have a temperature of 38C (100.4F) or over
Contact your GP or practice nurse for advice

Re: How can I care for a wound treated with skin glue?
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 10:45:12 AM »
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